“These are the types of unseen, yet always present battles that athletes, coaches, fans and people of color have to face that those not of this demographic can’t truly understand. In the back of our minds always sits the notion that we are always one mistake away from being disrespected and degraded with racist and derogatory hatred. And it’s nothing new.
"But this is exactly why Kap took a knee last year. It wasn’t directed towards the flag or the anthem. No. Please stop using that excuse as a way to hide your discomfort with the honest truth that racism and violence against people of color exists at all levels.”