24 Patriots among 1,100-plus athletes to sign letter to Congress in support of police reform bill
By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff
Twenty-four current players and executives from the Patriots are among the 1,100-plus professional athletes and coaches to sign a letter to Congress voicing their support for the new Ending Qualified Immunity Act. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio is among the Patriots to add his name to the letter.
The Ending Qualified Immunity Act is a new police reform bill introduced by Mass. representative Ayanna Pressley and Mich. representative Justin Amash. It aims to end the “qualified immunity” doctrine, which Pressley says “shields police from accountability, impedes true justice, and undermines the constitutional rights of every person in this country.”
The proposed bill comes in the wake of unrest across the country after the death of George Floyd, which led to protests in all 50 states. Early protests in Boston descended into clashes with police, riots, and looting after sundown. There have also been many demonstrations that were mostly peaceful.
Devin McCourty was recently honored for his work with local non-profit organization Boston Uncornered. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick credited McCourty with inspiring him to become a more active voice in spreading his players’ messages of social justice.
The Kraft family is taking its own initiatives. They’ve pledged to donate $1 million over 10 months of $100,000 payments to local grassroots organizations aimed at ending systemic racism. Elsewhere on the roster, running back James White recently released a statement on recent events in the country.