The big story out of FedEx Field Sunday was not the Redskins win over Cleveland, but DeSean Jackson’s cleats. The Redskins Wide Receiver wore a special pair of cleats with caution tape one them for warm-ups and the Sunday game.
It was originally said to be a protest on police-involved shootings of unarmed black men.
“I told my husband, have everything, registration on the dashboard, everything else because if you reach out, as-soon-as you reach out, you might be shot,” Redskins fan Britne Pickett said this is her reality. She welcomed the cleats at Sunday’s game.
TMZ first posted a picture of the cleats. Jackson was planning to wear them in protest of police brutality in the black community, according to the entertainment news outlet.
Jackson did wear them at the Sunday Browns-Redskins match-up, not in protest.
“Today is the start of my attempts to be a part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police,” he said a statement.
“I think it does matter. What he’s doing, he’s standing for cause,” said Tracy Boswell, at the game with Pickett.
Lots of fans seemed to agree, welcoming the message and dialogue on the gird iron.
“It has a place everywhere. Violence against blacks, police or whites, anything like that, needs to be taken care of,” said Mike Simonds.
He also said he didn’t have a problem with kneeling during the Anthem because “you kneel in Church.”
Read Jackson’s full statement below:
“Today is the start of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police. I have chosen to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.”
“Nobody wants to see it on the field because nobody wants to address it,” said another Redskins fan.
There was a lot of support. There were also some against the move.
“We’re here to watch football, to escape all this. If he wants to make a protest, I think he has a day off tomorrow or Tuesday,” said Austin Clinton.
Online, some called on athletes to “simply do that job they’re being paid to do.”
“He has a big stage, so I think he should shine some light,” said Mike Sutherland. “They should use their celebrity to promote positive thing.”
“If it’s something positive like this, helping out police officers, heck yea,” said Ashley Stewart.
At the Redskins-Giants game, Jackson was one of four players who reportedly raised their fists during the National Anthem.
The Washington Redskins released the following statement in response:
“We stand in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community. We have great respect for law enforcement and the sacrifices they make each and every day to protect and serve our communities. We continue to have open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner.”