DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Professional athletes have begun taking on a more visible role in protesting social issues, most recently related to police violence in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
LeBron James, one of the world’s most popular athletes, and teammate Kyrie Irving took the floor for warm-ups Monday night wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts.
Last weekend, a group of St. Louis rams players joined the demonstrations by making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture before an NFL game.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who purchased the team in 1989, says he never envisioned athletes taking on such a prominent role.
“I never saw this coming 25 years ago when I got in the NFL,” said Jones with Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan. “It’s probably misplaced, the interest and the incidents of eyeballs, the amount of volume, the amount of time that people spend looking at NFL content. I never saw that coming to the extent that it is today.”