JACKSONVILLE, Fla. â€” The Jacksonville Jaguars held their own protest Friday against inequality and police brutality, marching from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriffâ€™s department.
â€œToday we say no more,â€ wide receiver Chris Conley said. â€œToday we see a nation that canâ€™t await change, a city that wonâ€™t sit still or be quiet.â€
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Players were joined by their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell.
The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time to signify the local 904 area code. The protest came two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website. He promised then the franchise would work toward a â€œtimely response.â€
Conley, wearing a â€œBlack Lives Matterâ€ T-shirt, spoke at the Jacksonville Sheriffâ€™s Department. He said he cried when he saw the video of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was jogging when killed Feb. 23 in Georgia.
Marrone said the Jaguars are working on actions they they believe can make a difference. He also challenged the white community to take a step back, listen and learn.
â€œLetâ€™s not make the same mistakes weâ€™ve made,â€ Marrone said. â€œWe need to stand together white and black to make this movement work.â€
With the NFL allowing only coaches to return to their offices Friday and players still working remotely because of the pandemic, several Jaguars could not take part in the march.
The team posted videos from a handful of players, including quarterback Gardner Minshew, linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive end Aaron Lynch.