Article by Alanna Durkin Richer at Associated Press. Site tri-cityherald.com. Again, this is all good work by Malcolm Smith and the rest of the Players’ Coalition. But Kaepernick is still not signed.
The controversy over protests during the national anthem at NFL games last season helped propel issues of racial inequality and social injustice to the forefront and gave athletes a stronger voice to bring about change, current and former players said Friday.
The players, who spoke at a Harvard Law School summit on criminal justice reform, said they capitalized on the attention surrounding the protests to highlight issues they care about, like mass incarceration.
Now, they’re using their platform to talk to lawmakers, police chiefs and prosecutors across the country about injustices they see in the communities where they grew up.