Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray said he would “definitely” knee in the 2020 NFL season to protest police brutality and systemic racism against blacks.
“I will be on my knees. I defend what is right. This is the result. I call it as I see it. I will definitely take a knee, “Murray told reporters Wednesday.
Murray called the peaceful protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd are “unbelievable” and declared that it was time to “hold people accountable” for their racist acts. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an attempted arrest.
“If you have racist friends, it’s up to you to stop this immediately,” Murray told reporters.
Several NFL players have said they plan to kneel next season, including Baker Mayfield and Adrian Peterson. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has apologized this month for the league’s handling of past attempts at peaceful protest and said he supports the protests. In 2018, the NFL attempted to institute a policy that would fine players for kneeling, but was rejected by players, and the plan was never implemented.
Some NFL owners, including Jerry Jones, have publicly opposed the kneeling. Jones, who is friends with President Donald Trump, threat to seat the Dallas Cowboys who knelt in 2017.
Murray is considered one of the best young quarterbacks in football, so his opinions and position on the knees carry weight. He said he feels empowered to express his opinion after trying to “straddle the line” in the past.
“I feel like now more than ever people can just say what they want to say,” Murray told reporters. ” Before George Floyd’s death we had to beat around the bush and straddle the line and be politically correct. ”