NFL to donate $250 million to social justice

After the unfortunate death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of police in Minnesota last month, professional sports leagues have committed money and resources to end racism in America and to show the country that Black Lives Matter, including the NFL.

On Thursday, the league announced that they were donating $250 million to social justice. 

Here is a statement from the NFL:

“The NFL is growing our social justice efforts through a 10-year total $250 million fund to combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans. The NFL and our clubs will continue to work collaboratively with NFL players to support programs to address criminal justice reform, police reforms, and economic and educational advancement. 

“In addition to the financial commitment, we will continue to leverage the NFL Network and all of our media properties to place an increased emphasis on raising awareness and promoting education of social justice issues to our fans and help foster unity.”

In 2017, the NFL also donated $100 million to issues that impact African-American communities.

Hall of Famer Kenny Easley: ‘The carnage affecting young black men today, from random violence to police shootings, across the nation has to stop’

Hall of Famer Kenny Easley was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Canton, OH. Easley hit hard and played hard throughout his 7-year NFL career.

During his Hall of Fame speech, Easley took the time to talk about police brutality in America. A topic that many believe is keeping free agent QB Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL.

Here is what Easley had to say:

“As such, please allow me this moment for a very serious message for which I feel very strongly about. Black Lives do matter. And yes, all lives matter, too. But the carnage affecting young black men today, from random violence to police shootings, across the nation has to stop. We’ve got to stand up as a country, as black Americans, and fight the good fight, to protect our constitutional right to keep people from dying while driving or walking down the streets for being black in America. It has to stop and we can do it. And the lessons we learn in sports can help.”