Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issued a plea to NFL players ahead of Sunday that looks to see an unprecedented number of protesters.
ESPN’s NFL expert Adam Schefter highlight Lurie’s eloquent and powerful statement:
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie: pic.twitter.com/roVZZujbln
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
The statement reads:
“The best of us lend our compassion and determination to the aid of others.
Every day I see the genuine dedication and hard work of our players. And I support them as they take their courage, character and commitment into our communities to make them better or to call attention to injustice.
Having spoken to our players, I can attest to the great respect they have for the national anthem and all it represents. We at the Philadelphia Eagles firmly believe that in this difficult time of division and conflict, it is more important than ever for football to be a great unifier.”
At least 75 players will protest racial injustice during the national anthem of NFL pregames, according to social activist Shaun King.
The nation will be watching to see if NFL players and owners engage in more protests, or if they will heed Lurie’s advice and keep the national anthem and football the great unifying institutions that Americans have come to know and revere.