Filmmaker, activist and former quarterback Byron Hurt has been obsessed with the game of football since he was a 7-year-old pee wee player. But recent events have convinced him to boycott an NFL he calls ”as toxic and racist as this nation’s current president.”
A coalition of advocacy and faith-based groups organized the rally to criticize the league bosses’ refusal to sign the free agent quarterback—which his supporters say is retaliation for his kneeling protests against racist police violence.
“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now,” says Browns safety Jabrill Peppers. “We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general.”