NFL star wears tie with names of 12 black people killed by police to Hall of Fame induction




 

The tie Randy Moss chose to wear to his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame spoke volumes.

The star wide receiver-turned-NFL analyst for ESPN was one of eight new members welcomed into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. On the big day Moss chose to make a powerful statement with his tie, which displayed the names of 12 black men and women who were killed by police.

SEE ALSO: EA censored Colin Kaepernick's name in a 'Madden NFL 19' song

The tie featured the names Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O'Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, in gold lettering.

According to SBNation, though Moss did not address the tie during his Hall of Fame speech, he touched upon his decision to wear it in an interview with the NFL Network.

"What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they're not alone. I'm not here voicing, but by having these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there's a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they're not alone," Moss reportedly said.

Former linebacker Ray Lewis, however, was very vocal during his Hall of Fame speech, delivering a 33-minute-long plea about the importance of speaking up and taking on leadership roles in America.

"We need people that are willing to step up and take action," Lewis said. "We can go from being legends to building a legacy bigger than football, bigger than sports."

NFL players publicly addressing police brutality has been a controversial topic ever since Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback who's been ousted from the NFL for two years now, began kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and racism in America.

Since Kaepernick first kneeled, other players joined in solidarity by kneeling, linking arms, raising fists, and even remaining in locker rooms during the National Anthem, until new rules were implemented by the NFL. (Those rules are currently on hold, pending further discussion.)

President Trump continues to condemn National Anthem protests on Twitter, willfully overlooking the intent of the act by framing it as a show of disrespect toward's America's troops. But as the conversation about police brutality and the right to peacefully protest continues, big names like Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, and more, have made it known they agree with the protesting players.

In addition to Moss and Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Bobby Beathard, and Robert Brazile were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

COMMENTS

More Related News

NFL wisely chooses national platform for Chargers-Steelers game
NFL wisely chooses national platform for Chargers-Steelers game

With the Garoppolo-less 49ers due to play in prime time once again in Week 13, the NFL knew that it needed to activate the flex option. The only problem? There were no good flex options. Vikings-Patriots sits in the primary 4:25 p.m. ET slot, a game that presumably had been protected by FOX against a

Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Maroon 5 Step Down From Super Bowl Halftime Show
Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Maroon 5 Step Down From Super Bowl Halftime Show

The petition encourages the band to show their support for Colin Kaepernick.

NFL nemesis Michael Avenatti arrested for suspicion of domestic violence
NFL nemesis Michael Avenatti arrested for suspicion of domestic violence

When the NFL abruptly moved the Chiefs-Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles, the league assumed the very real risk of lawsuits from fans who lost money in the scuttled effort to make a trip south of the border. A lawyer with unique experience in such matters likely won't be proceeding with such

NFL received regular reports about Azteca Stadium field since September
NFL received regular reports about Azteca Stadium field since September

The NFL's abrupt decision to relocate the Chiefs-Rams game set for Mexico City raises plenty of questions about why the decision was made so close in time to kickoff, given that a Shakira concert that damaged the field happened on October 11, more than a month ago. Per a source with knowledge of the

NFL has a mess on its hands in Mexico
NFL has a mess on its hands in Mexico

Regardless of how the NFL resolves the question of whether to proceed with Monday night's game of the year in Mexico City, the league has yet another mess of its own making. Here we are, six days before the Chiefs and Rams will meet in Mexico, and the league engaged in no obvious proactive effort [more

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Style

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.