The current national discourse around race and the Black Lives Matter movement has gotten more and more prominent athletes to stop being quiet and lend their voices after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops.
Among the first was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The Tigers rising junior released a strong statement last month that said, “I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience.” Lawrence wrote on Twitter.
On Thursday, Lawrence spoke to the media about the upcoming demonstration and echoed the same comments by Patrick Mahomes who spoke against the “shut up and play” or “stick to sports” crowd.
The Clemson QB, wide receiver Cornell Powell, running back Darien Rencher and linebacker Mike Jones Jr. will be heading a protest on Saturday to promote racial equality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.
“How can we change if somebody doesn’t know how that made you feel, making them feel you?” Jones said in a video posted on Instagram (18:00 mark). “That’s the reason we’re going to change things. So many people are voicing how they feel, and it was something people never cared to know — or maybe just didn’t know.”