Another social issue has rocked the country again with the near-fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That has created a tremendous outcry for change in the United States to stop these situations where the Black community is treated unfairly and inappropriately. Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has decided to speak out regarding these ongoing issues.
NFL following NBA’s route in response to the Jacob Blake incident
The last few months have been challenging with the continued social issues in the United States.
It has reached another level of anger and disappointment after Jacob Blake received seven shots in his back by a police officer. The situation has left him paralyzed from his waist down while the incident occurred right in front of his three children, eight years old and younger.
The outpouring of dismay over the situation led the NBA to cancel their playoff games on Wednesday and Thursday. That also saw its players nearly boycott the rest of the playoffs due to social issues. The MLB also had a few games canceled on Wednesday night. The NFL has seen several teams such as the Packers and Dallas Cowboys elect to withdraw from their practices scheduled for Thursday.
Similar to the recent strong comments against the social injustice from Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers’ current head coach Matt LaFleur has much to say about the current situation.
Matt LaFleur’s statement on social injustice
Over the last few days, there have been many to voice their strong feelings toward the latest social issue in the United States.
The discussion has made its way to the NFL, as many are voicing their frustrations with the situation regarding Jacob Blake. Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur is among them as he expressed that he is baffled that these incidents continue to occur while demanding that there must be change. (H/T SI.com)
“You know, it’s amazing to me that this is still happening,” LaFleur told reporters after the meeting. “So, wanted to get our guys’ perspective and try to float around some ideas on how we can make a difference and use our platform, because things have to change. The social injustice, the police brutality, the antiquated laws, just got to bring awareness to everybody that black lives matter. We can’t stand for this any longer.”
LaFleur also aired that he was beyond disturbed and at a loss for words after seeing the video of Jacob Blake being shot seven times. It’s a situation that has left many with the same reaction of disbelief over these incidents occurring over and over again.
These words from LaFleur do hold some strong weight given that he’s the coach of the professional football team in the state of Wisconsin. It hits further home for the him and the franchise.
More actions to come from the NFL?
In the last few months, the NFL has taken a renewed approach to support their players in their efforts to create social change.
That has seen them commit to $250 million over the next 10 years to help end systemic racism. The league has also let its players utilize their platform to bring more attention to the ongoing social issues that the Black community continues to face.
Several teams, including the Packers, elected to not practice on Thursday due to the recent incident involving Jacob Blake. The start of the 2020 season is only a couple of weeks away, but there is much that the NFL could do to help further provide a voice for action and support behind social justice.
It’s fair to assume that the league will conduct further means to increase their impact toward creating much-needed social change. If these comments from LaFleur and McCarthy are any indication about what’s to come, the NFL could see their effort take a significant uptick.