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The reigning Super Bowl champion spoke out against police brutality on Thursday
On Wednesday, part of the professional sports world was put on pause to raise awareness about social injustices and police brutality after the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wis. The NBA playoffs were postponed after the teams scheduled to participate on Wednesday boycotted the games. The Milwaukee Brewers-Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres contests were postponed to follow the lead taken by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Stars in sports are using their platform to help create change in the communities. One of those players is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Mahomes said that he’s “tired” of the police brutality and that he’s ready to “do whatever it takes to put the world in a better place.”
Mahomes has been outspoken about systemic racism and police brutality
Mahomes has been no stranger to the topic of police brutality. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May, Mahomes was part of a group of star players to produce a video to speak out about systemic racism. In fact, the presence of Mahomes was the catalyst of the NFL releasing a public statement in support of Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement after the video went viral.
Additionally, Mahomes has been a prominent figure in the fight against the suppression of African-American voters. The Chiefs signal caller joined Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James’ “More than a Vote” project back in June, and signed an open letter with fellow athletes and celebrities to end Black voter suppression last week.
Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer earlier this week. In response, athletes used their platforms to bring awareness to the injustices that go on in the country. On Thursday, nine NFL teams canceled practices to focus on creating societal changes in their respective communities.
Mahomes realizes that he has the standing to help inspire change across the United States, and he’s doing just that by speaking out about systemic racism and police brutality.