According to The Advocate’s Joel Erickson, the New Orleans Saints may be planning a gesture that signifies unity for Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The gesture, as Erickson notes, is to raise awareness of racial inequality and police brutality.
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The players are reportedly hammering out the details, which should be figured out by Sunday. From running back Mark Ingram, the desire is for it to be something from the entire team. Ingram spoke to the importance of equality as a motivating factor behind the gesture.
"That’s what makes our country beautiful: We can come here, we can be free," Ingram said. "We just need that equality amongst everybody. It hurts my heart to see stuff going on, people get murdered, difficulty happening; protests happening, violent protests, that’s not the way to do things. We all need to come together, and until we all realize that there is an issue, and acknowledge that there is an issue, nothing will be fixed."
Teammates Dannell Ellerbe, Willie Snead, Cameron Jordan, and Kenny Vaccaro were just some of the many who took to social media following the shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte.
No crime committed, unarmed, hands in the air, STILL SHOT TO DEATH— Dannell Ellerbe (@ellerbe59) September 20, 2016
Helicopter camera said "he looks like a bad dude too" what's the definition of a bad dude? A man with raised hands? #cmonman https://t.co/QtOOAj6tSU— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) September 20, 2016
Pray For Our Country n The Ones Suffering Today #TerenceCrutcher— Willie Snead IV (@Willie_Snead4G) September 20, 2016