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By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

Former Patriots tight end Ben Watson hosted and spoke at “Boston Pray,” an event at the Boston Common organized by Christian organization UniteBoston on Sunday.

Watch part of Watson’s appearance in the above video via WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton. The former NFL tight end, who played for the Patriots from 2004-09 and returned in 2019 before retiring after the season, spoke about racial justice and equity for African Americans in light of recent events across the country.

“Whether it’s your experience or not, treating people with the kindness that you would want to receive justice,” Watson said. “Now, we talk about that word a lot, right? Justice simply means giving people their just due, whether that’s protection or whether it’s punishment.

“Justice is like equity: it should be blind. We’re here because we want justice. What we’ve seen has made us upset, and rightly so.”

The Kraft family recently announced a series of $100,000 donations over 10 months to local grassroots organizations aimed at combating systemic racism. In addition, 23 Patriots players (plus director of player personnel Nick Caserio) signed a letter to Congress advocating for passing the Ending Qualified Immunity Act.

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