LaFleur spoke to reporters via Zoom shortly after the meeting. He was moved and spoke passionately about the impact this had already had on his team.“It’s amazing to me that this is happening again, so [we] We wanted to get our guys’ perspective and try to float around ideas on how we can make a difference and use our platform because things need to change, ”said LaFleur. »Social injustice, police brutality, outdated laws, [we] I just need to make everyone aware that black lives are important. We can’t take it anymore. ”
LaFleur said he saw video of the shoot for the first time on Sunday night.
“When you look at something like that, it’s so disgusting,” he said. ” It’s annoying. I watched it once, and I don’t even know what to think. I know I don’t know all of the facts around the case, but it’s just a series. It happens over and over again, and again, and it amazes me that we are sitting here in 2020, and we cannot treat everyone the same. I don’t know, I’m just at a loss for words. ”
Board member Aaron Rodgers said veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis helped lead the discussion on Monday.
“I think there are a lot of personal things that have been said in these contexts,” Rodgers said. “I think like I said in the video and as we talked about in the video we released, there is a systemic problem, and until the problem is resolved, it will be too common an observation. in this country.
“Obviously I’m not far from Green Bay. I’m not going to comment directly on the video until more facts emerge, but obviously this is something where as a non-police officer I think [for] a lot of us [the] The natural question is, when is lethal force needed? Again, I think this leads to a systematic problem that needs to be addressed at some point. There are outdated laws that are detrimental to people of color in this state. I think the governor and the people on Capitol Hill need to take a close look at some of these systems that are in place. ”
Blake was hospitalized in serious condition. Police said she was responding to a domestic disturbance. Video of the shooting showed Blake being shot seven times from behind as he attempted to get into a vehicle. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has previously summoned lawmakers to session to take action on a package of bills aimed at reducing the prevalence of police brutality.
Among those who reportedly attended the board meeting with Rodgers and Lewis were kicker Mason Crosby and second baseman Za’Darius Smith, as well as several other veterans.
“I’ve always tried to listen first, and listening involves being quiet,” Rodgers said. “I think there are too many opinions. There is a right that comes with a lot of opinions. There are many opinions and statements made out of emotion. When you first react emotionally, you don’t have the ability to listen. I think listening, you find that empathy. And it’s only through empathy and understanding that you can really, I think, have a better awareness of what the real issues are, being a white man. This is what I have been trying to do for years.
“I grew up playing sports, playing basketball. I have never seen a color. It was just my friends, and there was no difference, but when you start to listen and understand, you realize that the reality you grew up in is very different from the reality. which many of my teammates grew up in. I think this is the first step in educating yourself on the nature of some of these problems and where they come from. Again, I repeat: this is a systemic problem, and the root of “systemic” is “system”. Until the system changes, there won’t be much change in this country. That’s where we have to start, I think, with the legislature and the protocol, the training and again, it’s also money. ”
Rodgers said the team have yet to have in-depth conversations about a possible event or statement on match days. In 2017, the Packers asked fans to join them in linking arms in unity during the national anthem.
“We’re still three weeks away from that,” Rodgers said of the season opener. “But I’m sure there will be more in-depth conversations as we get closer to the season. And then I’m sure we’ll have a statement or some of the guys can talk about the ideas we’re thinking of. . “