President Donald Trump recently asked NFL players to give him a list of people they believe are worthy of pardons, following heavy outrage from players against the president over his condemnation of kneeling.
“I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system,” he said.
In response, several players posting videos to Twitter — but focused on broader reform measures than actual names. It included things like: canceling life without parole for nonviolent crimes and releasing non-violent drug offenders over 60 years old with old convictions.
Players Doug Baldwin, Benjamin Watson, Malcolm Jenkins, and former player Anquan Boldin praised Trump for pardoning Alice Johnson, they say that is not enough.
“If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us,” the players said in a joint op-ed for The New York Times.
“His ability to change the lives of people for the better is immense,” they wrote. “We hope he uses it, not just for the few, but for the many.”
“We weren’t elected to do this. We do it because we love this country, our communities and the people in them. This is our America, our right.” the players added.
- Read the op-ed here