Patrick Mahomes knew there could be backlash from his decision to speak out, but that didn’t stop him.
The Kansas City Chiefs QB has no interest in sticking to sports with the current climate in the country and the pressing issues of racial injustice.
During Wednesday’s media availability, the Super Bowl MVP shared a message for those specific detractors who’d rather see him keep his mouth shut.
“We are people too,” Patrick Mahomes said. “I feel like those people have kids and they understand that their kid could play sports and their kids could possibly be in the same position that we’re in. And they would want their kids to show their heart and show who they truly are and try to affect the world in the most positive way possible.”
“That’s what we believe that we’re doing. And so, obviously, we know that not everyone agrees with everything that you’re going to say. Just know that when we say stuff, we mean it and we care and we want to make the world the best place for our future kids and for generations to come behind us.”
Colin Kaepernick began protesting the same issue in 2016 and he has been shunned by the NFL because of it.
Roger Goodell has since acknowledged he and the league were wrong for how they handled National Anthem protests.
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“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People,” Roger Goodell said in a video just days later, in response to Mahomes and the other stars. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.”