DeSean Jackson Takes a Stand Against Violence (Photos)

Update 10/2/16, 3 p.m.: Forget the part about only wearing the cleats during pregame warmups. Jackson was seen at the time of the national anthem still wearing the cleats, and as of the second half, was shown on the CBS TV broadcast still wearing them. He will likely face a fine from the league for a uniform violation.


WASHINGTON — One week after raising his fist with teammates during the National Anthem, Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson will protest violence to and from law enforcement more directly, wearing special cleats adorned with police tape:

In statements released by the team, Jackson explained what the cleat are–and are not–intended to symbolize:

“Today is the state of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police,” Jackson said. “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 want to express my concern

“This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern ina  peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.”

For its part, the Redskins organizations stood behind the star receiver:

“We stand in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community,” the statement reads. “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

“We continue to have open dialogue with out players about issues that are importent to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner.”

According to the statements, the cleats will only be worn during pre-game warmups. Any equipment worn after kickoff is subject to inspection by a league official, with fines and ejection possible for non-compliance.

Last week, Jackson joined teammates Rashad Ross, Niles Paul and Greg Toler in raising their fists, while standing, during the National Anthem. There was no statement on the act of protest at the time.

It is unclear if Jackson will continue to wear the cleats during pregame warmups for the rest of the season, but the statement suggests that this is only the beginning of Jackson’s involvement on the topic.


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