Current, Former Buccaneers Along With Other Activists and Athletes Unite for Ahmaud Arbery
The story of the week in the news has been about the killing of a 25-year-old black male named Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Arbery was killed back in February by a father and son while he was out on a run. The father and son claim that they believed the young man was intruding and committing a burglary and followed him and ultimately took Arbery’s life. Those two men were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault last night on May 7th.
A group of citizens, activists, and athletes called the Players Coalition, founded by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, put together a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking him to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division look into the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The Players Coalition was founded in 2017 to help make changes in social justice and racial equality. Among the members of the Players Coalition letter to Attorney General Barr were current Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and former Buccaneers RB Warrick Dunn and QB Josh McCown.
The Players Coalition would like for this investigation to be opened at a federal level due to the way that it was handled at the state level in Georgia. Without the video footage surfacing, the two men charged would be walking the streets as free men. If it wasn’t for those two men, Arbery would still be alive today. Men and women get profiled daily due to the color of their skin and it happens far too often resulting in death. The Players Coalition believes that the time for change is ultimately now and the federal government needs to get involved in order for equal justice to be met. The year is 2020 and both social and racial equality are not being handled the correct way in the United States. Hopefully, this letter from the Players Coalition can begin to create some positive change and bring justice.
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