Patrick Mahomes: I’m blessed to have a platform, why not use it?

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Former NFL quarterback Doug Williams said that it was “very powerful” to see Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as one of the players in last week’s video demanding the NFL do more to address racial inequality because of the “incredible impact” that Mahomes has had on the league in his short professional career.

Mahomes’ involvement isn’t going to stop with his appearance in the video. Mahomes is involved with voter registration efforts in Kansas City along with other members of the Chiefs organization and he told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he’s going to keep speaking up because he wants to “make this world a better place, however I can.”

“I’m blessed to have this platform,” Mahomes said, via Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com. “Why not use it?”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that there have not been discussions with players yet about possible protests during the season and Mahomes said that kneeling shouldn’t be the focus of the conversations being had around the country.

“It’s not about who kneels and who doesn’t kneel,” Mahomes said. “It’s about having the right to peacefully protest and to recognize social injustices are happening and racial inequality does happen every single day.”

As the current Super Bowl MVP, Mahomes is one of the most recognizable players in the game and it’s clear that he plans to use that position to continue pushing to make sure that addressing issues of inequality remain front and center in the league.

21 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: I’m blessed to have a platform, why not use it?

  1. “It’s about having the right to peacefully protest and to recognize social injustices are happening and racial inequality does happen every single day.” Well said Mr. Mahomes!

  2. Well said – the only thing missing is condemning the rioting/looting. That would be the best message from those with the platform that Mahomes and his fellow professional athletes have.

  3. It’s not your platform! You could always buy air time and state your case on your own time and pay for it out of your own pocket and have it aired during the games. Not sure why that is such a hard concept to understand

  4. Lots of people will criticize him for this and he won’t make any money from it, but I applaud him for taking a stand when so many stars before him wouldn’t. He is a courageous man and I support him.

  5. Mahomes is an intelligent and thoughtful young man who has his priorities correct. He should be applauded for using his stature to promote making the world a better place. All in a calm and respectful manner. More people will listen and realize change is needed when the message is sent in the manner Mahomes does

  6. I have no problem with you using your platform to get your message across, but you have to be willing to accept the fact some people might disagree with your position, and that’s their right so be respectful to them as you preach from your soapbox

  7. This guy–new face of the NFL. He’s super intelligent, talented, well spoken, and he owns the platform. A truly powerful voice that hopefully uses it to help move in a positive direction. Well done Mr. Mahomes. I still hope we (eventually) beat you, but I respect the hell out of you.

  8. schilhater says:
    June 10, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    It’s not your platform! You could always buy air time and state your case on your own time and pay for it out of your own pocket and have it aired during the games. Not sure why that is such a hard concept to understand
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    What a ridiculous comment. Of course it’s his platform. He can go on Twitter or Facebook and say anything he wants anytime and everyone will see it. Why in the world would he need to pay for “air time”?

  9. Can we ditch the overuse of the word “platform” by people who make a living as entertainers?

  10. Real talk. If you don’t like Mahomes as a person it makes me question if I like you.

  11. Mahomes is about to be as rich as God, I’m sure he doesn’t care he is going to lose fans that loved him 2 weeks ago.

  12. Politics aside, I’d rather hear from experts and people working for real change than all the rich celebrities grabbing a little publicity by mouthing words someone often has written for them.

  13. It’s not your platform! You could always buy air time and state your case on your own time and pay for it out of your own pocket and have it aired during the games. Not sure why that is such a hard concept to understand
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    Of course it’s his platform, a high ranking QB in the NFL gets that. For better or worse— and it’s given to him by the fans. They boo or cheer, he is in the ring and that’s what you get when you’re in the ring- a platform. How hard of a concept is that to understand?

  14. Setup a meeting with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Close the door, and find out why you shouldn’t use your platform.

    I’m not saying you can’t, but you’re an entertainer. I’m simple minded, a typical American, I just want you to play football and thank your teammates. I’m not looking to you for anything other than that. You an I have nothing on common. You’re a soon to be billionaire, probably by the age of 30 and I’m a guy that will have to work 40 hours a week until I’m 65. I tune in to watch you on my day off, for entertainment not worldly advice.

    Or, use your platform, risk losing half your fan base and be like Labron. Still great, but not liked half as much.

  15. Blah blah blah talk is cheap to all the ppl who want change! actions speak louder then words !!!!

  16. “nunya says:
    June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    Well said – the only thing missing is condemning the rioting/looting. That would be the best message from those with the platform that Mahomes and his fellow professional athletes have.”

    educate yourself- no one condones violence or looting. But these are visceral reactions to oppressed people everywhere, very time and in every circumstance.

    America has a history of violence AGAINST oppressed people. While sad about it, I am never surprised by the violence and looting that occurs. It’s only been occurring for 250 years here.,

  17. Here’s why not. You are not a politician. Stick with football and stay out of politics. You’ll have more respect from decent people.

  18. groupertime says:
    June 11, 2020 at 8:12 am
    It’s not your platform! You could always buy air time and state your case on your own time and pay for it out of your own pocket and have it aired during the games. Not sure why that is such a hard concept to understand
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    It is his platform. And, he has every right to say what he wants. This is America. Got it?

    The Constitution protects more than just your gun fetish.

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