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NFL Players Reject Pardons: Demand Prison Reform Instead

NFL players have rejected President Trump’s request for a list of prisoners that he could pardon. The players request for complete prison reform instead.

NFL Speaks Out About Mass Incarceration

NFL players have made it clear to President Trump. They possess the right to speak on politics and social injustice. They got the fact across to the president when he requested a list prisoners they want to him to pardon.

According to the NFL players, Trump should do more to end mass incarceration. Carry out his actions thorough issuing prison reforms. Instead of trying to pardon a few listed prison inmates.

The professional athletes reminded Trump the ratio of inequality. Black Americans dispatched to prisons are 5:1 against white Americans sent to prisons.

Philadelphia Eagles players standing proudly at a football game.
The NFL has openly supported sentence reform, having backed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017. Image Source: Des Moines Register

NFL Players Insist Trump Can Do More to Reform the Prison System than Pardoning a Few People

Trump has granted pardon to a number of inmates since he assumed power. He made it clear in the event of any personal wrongdoing, he has the executive power to pardon himself. He has offered pardon to the following people in recent times:

  • Joe Arpaio – A racially-profiling sheriff
  • Dinesh D’Souza – A right-wing propagandist
  • Alice Marie Johnson – A woman serving a lifetime for a non-violent drug offense. Pardoned after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West pleaded for her with Trump.
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The players are glad the president pardoned Alice Johnson among others. They insist she was handed a life sentence because the American criminal justice system is biased against people of color.

They urge Trump to issue a blanket pardon for hundreds of others. There are many serving unjustifiable long sentences for non-violent offenses. Instead, Trump requests football players to list a few names. They say this minimizes the injustices. Communities of color have endured injustices for decades throughout the US.

Drawing of NFL Player Colin Kaepernick Kneeling against police brutality and mass incarceration.
Drawing of NFL Player Colin Kaepernick Kneeling against police brutality and mass incarceration. Image Source: Silicon Valley Debug

“We Are Citizens Who Embrace the Values of Empathy. This Is Our America, Our Right”

“These are problems that our government has created, many of which occur at the local level. If President Trump thinks he can end these injustices if we deliver him a few names, he hasn’t been listening to us,” the Players Coalition wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

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The players can prove Trump had not been too accommodating of them. That is until Kardashian West visited him earlier this month. This is because they kneel before the games while the national anthem plays.

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Their actions bring notice to the systemic racial injustice suffered by people of color in America. NFL players wrote:

“President Trump, please note: Our being professional athletes has nothing to do with our commitment to fighting injustice. We are citizens who embrace the values of empathy, integrity, and justice, and we will fight for what we believe is right. We weren’t elected to do this. We do it because we love this country, our communities, and the people in them. This is our America, our right.”

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Charles Omedo
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.
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