The ongoing acts of social injustice toward the Black community have created an intense outpouring of demands for change from the sports world. Over the last several weeks, NFL players have been at the forefront of these efforts that have pressured their league into action. That is once again the case after Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ latest powerful statement.
NFL players express the need for social change
The last several weeks have seen an increased push by many NFL players to bring attention to social change.
Following the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, many players aired their frustrations over social media. Things kicked up another notch after Floyd’s passing as several prominent NFL stars elected to make a video demanding social change.
Beyond the inclusion of Patrick Mahomes, it featured Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliott, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams, all asking the NFL to recognize Black Lives Matter. They also requested the league to condemn the racism that the Black community regularly faces in the United States.
All that guided commissioner Roger Goodell to make a public statement that admitted that the NFL was wrong for not listening to their players earlier and encouraged for all to speak out and peacefully protest. The push for social change doesn’t stop there as Mahomes has upped the ante yet again to force the league’s hand to increase their social justice efforts.
Patrick Mahomes won’t stop fight for equality
The Chiefs’ star quarterback has garnered a grander spotlight due to his steady rise to the top as arguably the NFL’s best players.
Patrick Mahomes has quickly utilized that increased attention to shift the focus toward the need for social change in the United States. Mahomes further emphasized that notion again after stating he won’t stop fighting for equality for all people.
“I’m going to do whatever I believe, and what I believe is right. And I’m going to do whatever I can to fight for equality for all people. I feel like I’ve shown that over this offseason, and I’m going to continue that fight. I’m not worried about people and how they’re going to do negative stuff back to me. I’m worried about doing what’s right for humanity and making sure that all people feel equal.”
The 24-year-old has taken the onus to be one of the players on the frontline pushing for social change. His voice holds tremendous gravity given his status in the league as it was pivotal in forcing the NFL to act accordingly. Mahomes’ involvement in the player-created video about Black Lives Matter helped get the league to commit to $250 million over 10 years to help end systemic racism.
Beyond further clarifying Mahomes’ commitment to social change, it puts the pressure on the NFL to step up their efforts.
NFL must move to support its players
The continued disappointing incidents involving the Black community’s mistreatment in the United States have levied a stronger demand for social change.
That has especially been the case after the recent near-fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left him paralyzed from the waist down after a police officer shot him seven times in the back. Patrick Mahomes is one of many NFL players who hold the desire for actions that stop these situations.
Roger Goodell and the league possess a clear understanding of how the players feel. All that pits the NFL into the spot of becoming more significant factors in the communities where each of their 32 teams are located to help end social injustice. The ball is in their court to put forth the necessary actions.