Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson entered Sunday's pregame workouts wearing cleats depicting police caution tape.
Jackson said he felt compelled to speak out against police-related violence, but explained he was not taking a stance against law enforcement. He later elected to wear them during the game as well, a decision that could subject him to a fine for violating the NFL's uniform policy.
"Today is the start of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police," Jackson said in a statement. "I have chosen to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn't meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about the issues that are currently impacting our country."
Jackson is the latest NFL player to speak out against police brutality after San Francisco 49ers quarterback began kneeling for the national anthem before games. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in August the team would “stand up and give respect” during the national anthem.
"We stand in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community," the Redskins said in a statement. "We have great respect for law enforcement and the sacrifices they make each and every day to protect and serve our communities. We continue to have open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner."
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