Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is seen wearing a shirt about injustice in the wake of the political protests that have been all over Charlotte.
Charlotte, North Carolina has been in a state of political unrest after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott during the week. Charlotteans have been protesting all week over Scott’s murder.
Many protestors have threatened to block fans from entering Bank of America Stadium for the Carolina Panthers’ Week 3 home game against the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL considered moving the NFC game to another location in wake of the Charlotte protests, but have opted to keep the game in the Queen City.
During warmups of the game with the Vikings, Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton is seen wearing a shirt giving his opinion on the political protests in his team’s city. ESPN’s Britt McHenry tweeted out a picture of Newton in his warmup garb on Sunday morning.
McHenry pointed out that the shirt said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Newton has been relatively neutral during the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping across the nation in recent months.
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As the most popular professional athlete in North Carolina, the reigning league MVP’s actions are always under intense scrutiny. Charlotte is teetering on the brink of political turmoil in recent weeks.
Discriminatory HB2 has forced the ACC to remove its championship games from Tar Heel State. Charlotte had to rescind its 2017 NBA All-Star Game bid because of that insensitive political legislation.
Newton is trying to rally his city to come together and fight political injustice. The game between the Panthers and Vikings will be a pleasant escape from all the turmoil going on in Charlotte these last few weeks.