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.”