NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Whether it’s on TV or social media, we have seen several influential athletes and coaches say something powerful when it comes to George Floyd’s death, and ending police brutality and racism. The latest is LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
Many have been waiting to see when Orgeron would release a statement and what he would say.
“My players and former players are hurting, and they let me know they’re hurting. When they’re hurting, it hurts me. I love all my players like they were my own. I know some are hurting right now, and I totally support them. I will not tolerate racism, and they know it,” Orgeron said, in an interview with Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated.
He’s not the only head coach to come out and make a powerful statement.
Saints head coach Sean Payton sent out a tweet which had pictures of both George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
The tweet had this strong message, “Were Murdered not Killed on Video. How many have we not seen? 22 weeks from today for change.”
New Orleans Saints players have been speaking out, including safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Jenkins took a knee alongside protesters Monday. The former Philadelphia Eagles player was back in the “City of Brotherly Love” and said he thinks “people are tired and their anger is justified. They want to be heard.”
“And it is up to leadership in the city, leadership in the state and the country that they are allowing to be heard and allowing peaceful protests to continue while maintaining peace and order,” Jenkins said.
We knew this NFL season would look much different because of the COVID-19 pandemic and that will start in training camp. The NFL sent out a memo telling teams they must conduct all training camp practices at their own facilities and also no joint practices. So, that means the Saints won’t get to hold joint practices with the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles in August. The Saints held joint practices with the Chargers in Costa Mesa, California, the previous three training camps.
By: Sharief Ishaq