Randy Moss Defends Wearing Tie Featuring Names Of Black Americans Killed By Police To Hall Of Fame Ceremony: ‘I’m Not Going To Stop’
Randy Moss defended wearing a tie featuring the names of African Americans killed by police to the Hall of Fame ceremony and said he’s “not going to stop.”
“My intention was not to divide,” the former wide receiver told ESPN Thursday. “We’re divided enough. My intention was to love. I just wanted to show those families that they’re not alone and bring some eyes and some light to the fact that, man, there’s still some families really hurting out here.” (RELATED: Meghan McCain: ‘I Completely Disagree’ With Co-Hosts Complaining About NFL Anthem Policy [VIDEO])
Moss wore the tie last weekend to his induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The tie was black with the names of 12 people in gold across it — most of whom were killed by police or died in police custody — according to the report.
The names included Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Paul O’Neal, Tamir Rice and Alton Sterling.
“We’re in a crisis right now,” the NFL veteran shared. “You understand what I’m saying? Some people don’t want to see it, but all you have to do is open your eyes.”
“I didn’t do it for the publicity,” he continued. “I did it for what’s right for families that need this support. They need it right now. And I’m not going to stop. We can’t stop.”
Moss said that he felt comfortable speaking out since he is no longer playing in the league. But added that black athletes “are scared right now” and worried they will get “the same type of treatment that [former 49ers quarterback] Colin Kaepernick got.”
During the 2016 season, Kaepernick first sat out the anthem to make a point about racial injustices. He has been out of the league since.