Former NFL star Randy Moss honored police brutality victims at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony by wearing a tie with their names on it.
Moss, who starred for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, wore a tie that had 12 names of black people who were killed by police.
During his acceptance speech he did not mention the names or police brutality during his speech, but while speaking with the NFL Network he said he wore the tie to express solidarity with the families of the victims.
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Per The Hill:
“I’m not here voicing, but by these names on my tie at a big platform [like] the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted to let these family members know they’re not alone,” he told the NFL Network following the ceremony.
Moss also quoted the Spiderman movies, saying: “With great powers, comes great responsibility.”
The names on the tie included Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland – all were killed by police in high-profile incidents that sparked protests nationwide and brought attention to police brutality.
The NFL has been at the center of controversy in the past year due to some players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and raise awareness about racial inequality.
The protests, started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, drew the ire of President Trump, who has repeatedly lashed out at NFL players and criticized the league for allowing the protests.
Kaepernick is now a free agent and has filed a grievance against the NFL alleging that team owners have colluded to prevent him from being hired.
The NFL announced a new policy earlier this year requiring players to stand for the anthem, but later reversed after facing a legal challenge from the NFL players’ union.