Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a powerful platform, like any NFL player. Colin Kaepernick started a massive trend in protests during the national anthem prior to NFL games, but Newton hasn’t been all that involved.
On Sunday, while warming up, Newton wore a shirt that read “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”. That is a famous quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
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After a recent police shooting in Charlotte, Newton spoke with the media about what happened and the protests taking part around the league. He didn’t outright decry police violence, but he said that people needed to be held accountable in general.
There have been both peaceful and violent protests in Charlotte every night since Tuesday, when Keith Lamont Scott, and African American, was shot and killed by an African American police officer. Protesters initially planned on barring the entrance to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, but it looks like the game will be going on as the protest in question never materialized.
This article originally appeared on All22.com and was written by James Brady.