The professional sports climate has been on edge since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel for the National Anthem in the preseason. The message sent ripple effects through the sporting environment. Many players in the NFL and even in high school football have knelt during the Anthem.
The protest of social injustice against minorities is going to be a big topic and its taking center stage Tuesday after authorities in Oklahoma released video showing a white Tulsa police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black man who had his hands up.
Athletes took the time Tuesday to address the Terence Crutcher shooting– the same situation Kaepernick was protesting to begin with.
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Eric Reid and Russell Westbrook spoke out over Twitter about the shooting death.
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon M. Marshall said he was “saddened” after watching the video.
“I did see the Terence Crutcher video,” Marshall told The Denver Post. “It’s very saddening, especially to hear someone in the helicopter say, ‘That looks like a bad dude.’ How does that look like a bad dude? You’re way up in the air. That’s something that’s disturbing, but that’s exactly the reason we’re protesting.”
Marshall has lost sponsorships over his decision to kneel during the National Anthem.
“One thing I have an issue with is people are really, extremely (ticked off) and mad about us kneeling and protesting peacefully,” he continued. “How come they don’t have that same type of anger toward the situations that are going on? I think everybody needs to check themselves.”
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade advised everyone to “come together” in the wake of the senseless tragedy.