Athletes Respond to Shooting Death of Terrance Crutcher


Last Friday, a 40-year-old Tulsa man named Terrance Crutcher was shot and killed by police. He had stopped in the road because he was having car trouble. He was not wanted for a crime. He was not armed. And, as video taken from a police helicopter confirmed on Monday, his hands were in the air. But now the father of four is dead.

Of course, this is exactly the kind of thing Colin Kaepernick and everyone else sitting or kneeling during that national anthem have been talking about. With so many athletes now using their platform to speak up on social issues, it should come as no surprise that many are weighing in on this latest tragedy.

Take a look:

#enoughisenough from @realjohngray – A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shoot out with cops and gets grazed with a bullet. And safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets TAZED then shot. And then they stand there. Don’t offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun. No criminal activity. And I’ve heard people say “he should have complied”. As if that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILLING AN UNARMED MAN. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well dressed non-black female, do you think the helicopter pilot would have said “she looks like a bad person” in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher “looks like a bad person”? Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad. From 500 feet in the air. I’m tired man. And I’m scared. Cuz I’m big and my skin is brown. Lord don’t let my car break down, don’t let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don’t let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help THIS NATION.

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Another Day. Another Hashtag. If You Are Apart Of “They” You’re Part Of The Problem. #TerranceCrutcher

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Watched the video of this MURDER and had to post something. A father of four dies over nothing. Truly tragic. When will this stop.

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