Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has pledged $1m to “improve police training and address systemic racism” within the United States.
It comes within the wake of the loss of life of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, whereas being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.
Protests have been held throughout the United States in addition to globally.
“As a black multiracial American, I am disgusted and unsettled,” Prescott, 26, wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
“I attempt to perceive and discover the optimistic in each state of affairs or facet of my life.
“As our communities take motion, protesting and combating for the justice of George Floyd and each black life, I’m with you!”
Prescott stated he had the “utmost respect” for the police, but added: “You want to carry your individual accountable! Each of you might be as responsible as the boys who stood beside Derek Chauvin if you don’t get up in opposition to the systemic racism plaguing our police forces nationwide.”
Chauvin, the police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes to pin him down, has since been charged with homicide and been sacked.
On Wednesday, the opposite three officers concerned had been charged with aiding and abetting homicide.
‘I’ll by no means agree with anyone disrespecting the flag’
Meanwhile, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stated he wouldn’t assist renewed NFL kneeling protests, saying to take action can be “disrespecting the flag” of the United States.
Since Floyd’s loss of life sparked protests throughout the US, athletes have voiced assist for former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 started kneeling through the US nationwide anthem.
Former San Francisco 49ers star Kaepernick, who stated he was refusing to face with a view to draw consideration to racial injustice, was later frozen out of the league and has been unemployed since being launched in 2017.
US President Donald Trump stated gamers who ‘took a knee’ needs to be fired.
“I’ll by no means agree with anyone disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our nation,” Brees instructed Yahoo.
“Is all the pieces proper with our nation proper now? No, it isn’t. We nonetheless have an extended strategy to go.
“But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity.”
Brees is the NFL’s all-time passing yardage chief and one of many greatest names within the sport.
His remarks got here as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised Kaepernick’s authentic protests.
Carroll stated society “owes a tremendous amount” to Kaepernick for taking a stand in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice.
“He stood up for something he believed in – and what an extraordinary moment it was that he was willing to take,” Carroll instructed The Ringer’s ‘Flying Coach’ podcast.