Saints’ Jameis Winston Participates in Black Lives Matter March Amid Unrest

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29:  Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston attended a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday.

Relentless pursuit towards making this world better for generations to come!” he wrote in an Instagram post. “It starts now! If not now then when?”

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Jameis Winston and his family marched at a Black Lives Matter protest today

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Black Lives Matter ✊🏾
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Following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Americans began protesting to demand reforms to address police brutality and systemic racism.

The issue will feel particularly acute for some NFL players after Colin Kaepernick faced significant public scorn for protesting during the national anthem. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche in August 2016 he “[was] not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made a mistake by not offering better support to players who wanted to engage in social activism:

NFL @NFL

We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange https://t.co/ENWQP8A0sv

That came after a number of players requested the NFL make a public statement condemning racism and the “systematic oppression of black people.”

NFL @NFL

Players, we hear you. #StrongerTogether https://t.co/UJvS7AP0an

The NFL also announced Thursday it was donating $250 million over a period of 10 years “to combat systemic racism and support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.”

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