In a editorially written for Time magazine On Tuesday, outside of linebacker Von Miller, Broncos challenged NFL owners to “take the walk” when it comes to tackling racial inequality.
“While it is great that the NFL has made an official statement (through Commissioner Roger Goodell) in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and the right to peaceful protest, it is ultimately up to team owners to put competition policy into action walk, ”wrote Miller.
Miller, the longest-serving Broncos player (arriving in his 11th season), was one of five players who spoke in downtown Denver on Saturday when 50 players and 20 coaches gathered to march 12 days after George Floyd died in custody in Minneapolis.
Miller said he often got emotional when he thought of Floyd’s death on May 25 and remembered the time when he was called a racist insult in elementary school.
“The pain is searing me every day,” Miller wrote. “It is an emotional pain. It is a physical pain. It is the pain of oppression in a country supposed to be free. … After the world introduced me to racism in elementary school, I came across it again from a high school “I had to do it several times in college – on and off campus. And now, despite my childhood dream of playing in the NFL, I continue to experience the constant nightmare of racism.”
Miller said he received hate mail in 2017 and lost his approval when he knelt during the anthem prior to the Broncos game in Buffalo.
Miller said that Floyd’s death should not be considered an isolated incident.
“This has been building for generations, decades,” Miller wrote. “We can tackle it for what it is and make it an inflection point in the arc of our nation’s history, or we can become complicit in the survival of our disease because we refuse to admit that we are sick.
“It could be different this time. I pray it’s different. This time, many of the protesters are not black. This time, the entire country is involved. This time the whole world has noticed. We really started talking to each other, not just “to” each other. “
Miller concluded by writing, “My message is this: I am all for unity, equality and justice. If you make an effort, we can drive together. Let’s go! ‘