Jim Irsay believes Black Lives Matter.
The 61-year-old owner of the Indianapolis Colts made that declaration on Twitter on Monday when he explained why using the phrase “all lives matter” right now misses the point.
Irsay said that by saying “Black Lives Matter,” you aren’t saying “only Black Lives Matter.”
“Of COURSE all lives matter, but the phrase ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ is about unequal treatment faced by BLACK Americans,” Irsay wrote. “It does not say or imply that ONLY black lives matter. E.g., when we say ‘BEAT BREAST CANCER’ it doesn’t mean we don’t care about beating leukemia.”
He compared the issue to cancer, explaining that when a person says “beat breast cancer,” that doesn’t mean the person doesn’t care about other types of cancers.
Irsay wasn’t the only NFL owner to speak out on the Black Lives Matter movement. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York has talked about it, and even had a Black Lives Matter flag at Levi’s Stadium.
“We can make real, serious change in this country,” York said in June.