D.J. Humphries: Player protests will stop when real change happens

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NFL players, including some prominent white players, have vowed to kneel for the national anthem this season in protest of racism and police brutality. Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries said Monday fans can expect the kneeling to continue until players see substantial governmental change.

“Are you going to make these changes so (NFL players) don’t have to continue to protest?” Humphries said Monday during a video conference, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “Are you going to change police policies? Are you going to change the way you do things in-house? Are things going to change? Because if not, if we’re going to keep arresting these police that are killing us, and then they keep getting acquitted, getting off with cold-blooded murder, then things are not changing. We’re bringing more attention to it, and more people are seeing how flawed this system is. . . . But just bringing attention to it, change is not happening yet.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a video in support of players, and the league made a $250 million donation over 10 years to fight systemic racism.

It is not enough, according to Humphries. He wants to see companies do more, including hiring more minorities.

“When I know you’re pulling the wool over my people’s eyes, it’s hard for me to sit back and act like things are really changing just because companies are publicly apologizing,” Humphries said. “It’s cool that you’re publicly apologizing and sad, putting up Black Lives Matter posts, but are you going to change your hiring practices? Are your hiring practices going to become equal? Are you going to start hiring people because they’re qualified for the job, not because you play golf with their father? . . . It’s going to go one way or the other, because there is more light being shined on it now.”

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury gave players the organization’s blessing on protesting, including with taking a knee during the anthem.

“It’s refreshing to know I play for an organization that will support my decision, whichever way we decide to go,” Humphries said. “Our voices are not going to be silenced.”

12 responses to “D.J. Humphries: Player protests will stop when real change happens

  1. Totally agree with this young man… and honestly, we should all be behind making our society better. One that works for all and not just a few. That is what they are raising their voices to… nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Interesting stance, where was he 5 years ago when cop killings were at an all time high. They dropped to 9 last year, an all time low…

  3. I guess player protests won’t stop, because things will not change anytime soon. Even if they do miraculously change, the protesters will move the goalposts.

  4. We’re seeing real change and people are protesting anyway. You can’t protest forever.

  5. “Are you going to start hiring people because they’re qualified for the job, not because you play golf with their father?” – sounds to me like a shot at Kyle Shanahan. Should make for an interesting season.

  6. I think change is going to have to be a meet in the middle type situation. No one can reasonably expect one side to fix the problems of the other.

  7. Are people gonna start obeying the law and stop resisting when they do get caught? That’s when the change will start.

  8. Good luck with that. If there isn’t a vaccine soon then nobody will have to view what
    Humphries does or doesn’t do before a game. Wish he and all those who comment give some specifics as to what they want and more importantly how they think change will come about. So vague and open ended, yet also so specific when it should be broader.

  9. espshredder says:
    June 15, 2020 at 10:14 pm
    What constitutes real change?

    I’m not black, but I’ll venture a guess that the answer starts with: when current and former cops stop trying to hide the fact that they killed black men over a $20 bill or for sleeping in his car or for going for a jog. Or for battering that sleeping EMT’s door down and shooting her in her sleep. You know, stop that, or at least charge the guys committing these crimes with manslaughter or something stronger.

    The current method of “lie about it and try to cover it up in a thinly-worded police report or a vague press release” isn’t working out so well for everyone.

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