Earlier in the season, the New York Giants talked about protesting the anthem.
Yesterday, black and white members of the team met with Senator Cory Booker to talk about race in America.
“We wanted somebody who can educate us and point us in the right direction in terms of the possibilities for us,” running back Rashad Jennings told the New York Times’ Bill Pennington. “We wanted to know the various things we could do.
“There is nothing special about us; we’re just in a special position. “We get to be a magnifying glass for things that are important. People will listen to the things we have to say, and we can generate conversation on issues.”
Jennings wrote a letter to Booker about two weeks ago requesting that he speak to the team. The senator was “blown away by the letter.”
“I saw a thoughtfulness and a love of this country,” Booker said to Williamson. “These guys don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines, so to speak — they want to be in the game,”
Those in attendance included about half of their roster, head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. McAdo said earlier this season that he would be “disappointed” if any of his players protested the national anthem. However, Jennings said he also told his players in August that he is not black, will not claim to understand any experience that isn’t his own, and open to dialogue and learning more.