Seahawks cancel practice, Pete Carroll tells Whites to listen


Former Jets coach Pete Carroll – now Seattle Seahawks head coach – went political on Saturday, making a passionate plea against racism.Carroll, 68, called on other coaches to use their platforms to speak out against social justice and stressed the need to vote in November and for whites to finally listen to people of color around them.

“This is racism in America that white people don’t know about,” the Super Bowl-winning coach said in a nearly 15-minute monologue.

“They don’t know enough. And they need to be trained and they need to be informed about what’s going on in this world.

“Blacks can’t scream anymore,” Carroll continued. “They can no longer walk or they can no longer put their souls at the service of what they have lived with for hundreds of years.”

The Seahawks and at least one other team – the Carolina Panthers – canceled training on Saturday following the Kenosha police shootout on Jacob Blake, according to reports.

Carroll said that when “whites came from Europe” they had a “great idea” of freedom and equality for anything that never came to fruition.

“That’s not what happened because we took this other path here – following the economy and the rich white people making money,” he said. “And they set up a system of slavery.

“And we never left him, really. He never left. And the really amazing thing that I learned is that black people know the truth. They know exactly what’s going on. It’s the whites who don’t know.

Carroll said other coaches in the conservative football league must step up to fight racism. His players “live from fear to death” by watching video after video of the shootings, he added.

“It’s a call today for coaches, in particular, to seize this leadership opportunity,” Carroll said.

“Let’s step up. More calm. Don’t be afraid to talk about topics anymore. No more, you know, I could lose my job because of it, because I took a stand here. Kiss my ass. ”

And Americans need to understand the importance of voting in this election, he added. Carroll said every Seahawk was officially registered to vote on Saturday.

Safety Jamal Adams thanked his coach for listening to his players.

“A big thank you to Coach Pete, [general manager] John Schneider and the entire Seahawks organization for truly hearing us as black athletes, ”Adams tweeted.

“It’s a special place, as I said before, where everyone is ready to learn and understand that evil is evil and good is right.”


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