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By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was one of many NFL players to appear in a new video that they circulated on social media on Thursday. The video strings together clips of the players speaking in solidarity with each other as protests across the U.S. call for an end to police brutality against African Americans.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Ravens running back Mark Ingram are also among the players in the video, which features them saying “I am” followed by the name of recent African American victims of police violence.

Gilmore is shown saying “I am Michael Brown Jr.”, in reference to the 17-year-old unarmed black man whom police shot dead in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014. The killing sparked unrest in the town for over a year.

The Patriots retweeted Gilmore, saying simply, “Black Lives Matter.”

Peaceful protests have been going on in Boston and around Mass. since Sunday, along with many other events across the U.S. Some have descended into violence, riots, and looting, including in Boston. The latest Boston-area protest took place in Jamaica Plain on Thursday.

Mass. sports teams will be allowed to return to practice on Saturday, June 6, per an announcement from governor Charlie Baker. Per an NFL memo, Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff are allowed to return to Gillette Stadium starting Friday.

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