Jason Kelce speaks out on George Floyd after Eagles team meeting

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NFL teams are continuing to meet remotely this week as part of their offseason programs, but the focus hasn’t been entirely on football of late.

The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, the ensuing protests and social unrest has been the subject of conversations between teammates around the league. The Seahawks had a team meeting on those topics and the Eagles had one that inspired center Jason Kelce to make his first public comments about Floyd’s death.

Kelce wrote on Instagram that he felt obliged to speak out after hearing “some discussion today at a team meeting, in particular from DeSean Jackson.” Kelce wrote that he is frustrated by “party rhetoric” about the latest killing of an unarmed black person by a member of police forces who are supposed to “serve to protect our community and its inhabitants.”

“Systematic racism is unquestionable in our society, the numbers are irrefutable,” Kelce wrote. “Hopefully our society will continue to hold ourselves and our government to higher standards as leaders of the free world. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that ALL MEN are CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of of Happiness” — that sentence was written over two centuries ago and we still aren’t there. As Americans, I believe it is our duty to hold our country accountable to these words, it’s the only way we will ever get there.”

Kelce close his mention by hoping that those protesting Floyd’s killing stay safe and hoping that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

8 responses to “Jason Kelce speaks out on George Floyd after Eagles team meeting

  1. The officer was fired and charged with manslaughter. He’s being held accountable….

  2. The only thing I’d disagree with is the “numbers” comment. While one is far too many, the number of unarmed black men killed by police is very low. In 2016 it was a total of 16 of nearly 1000 police shootings. And that doesn’t take into account the number of them that were otherwise justified. Don’t get me wrong–racism exists and must be rooted out, especially in law enforcement. Either way, nothing justifies the burning of America that we are seeing now.

  3. Manslaughter? Are you kidding me? You and the 8 ppl who liked your comment are the problem

  4. You want honest race discussion? Here you go: I think the media – and a lot of other people whose bank accounts rely on things like this – LOVE IT when a black man dies in police custody. It gets their JUICES FLOWING.

    Because then they can dredge up every race-related story from the last 10 yrs and puke it back out onto the internet and scream “are you listening now?!?”, and also churn out a metric ton of new stories too, as if there’s anything they can say that we haven’t already heard.

    Guess what? We KNOW black men have died in police custody. AND I can GUARANTEE YOU other black men will die in police custody. Just because – statistics.

    So if you haven’t already, create that folder called “RACE” on your desktop and throw everything in there so you can easily locate it next time this happens. MEANWHILE, real people by the hundreds are dealing with death every single day in places like Chicago and Baltimore and nobody gives a crap.

  5. “… all men are created equal…”

    That was penned by Thomas Jefferson, an owner of African-American slaves would later become the 3rd president of the USA and who fathered several children with his African-American slave, Sally Hemings.

    I hate hypocrisy.

  6. ringheadcrusher says:
    June 2, 2020 at 10:41 am

    “MEANWHILE, real people by the hundreds are dealing with death every single day in places like Chicago and Baltimore and nobody gives a crap.”

    Gee, I can’t imagine what you mean by “real people”.

  7. Wow…did someone actually say 16 UNARMED black men killed by police per 1,000 is “very low’?!!

    I guess we should all be quiet since it’s “ONLY” 16. Wow man.

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