Nick Saban has led his team players in a BLM protest in Alabama, in the aftermath of the deadly Kenosha, Wisconsin riots and the BLM Protesters that chanted “Death to America” in Oakland California, all of this following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
One of the followers has a not-so-subtle "God looks like me" T-shirt, so I am sure that these protests are much more humble and not at all like their violent counterparts.
Mhmm. I'm not buying that either.
Watch a video of their march below:
Local news source, AL.com, broke the news:
Alabama coach Nick Saban led a march Monday afternoon of hundreds of the university’s athletes, coaches and staff that was organized to protest racial injustice in the country.
Saban was at the front of a large crowd of players who walked from the Mal Moore athletic facility to Foster Auditorium’s schoolhouse door.
Senior running back Najee Harris walked next to Saban wearing a T-shirt reading, “Defend Black Lives; racial solidarity against this corrupt system.” Other players walked behind Saban holding a banner reading, “Black Lives Matter.” The march was also advertised on social media over the weekend by players with the hashtag #BLM.
“Today I’m like a proud parent,” Saban said at the end of the march. “I’m proud of our team, I’m proud of our messengers over here and I’m very proud of the message. I’m very proud of the ’All lives can’t matter until Black lives matter’ video that we did early on that I think had a very positive impact. That was something we did together as a team.
“This is something that the team decided to do together as a team, so I’m very proud and supportive of what they are trying to say, and in a peaceful and intelligent way. I’m very pleased to be here today.”
ESPN also covered the story and explained more about the protest:
The group marched the short distance Monday on the school's campus from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students.
The Crimson Tide athletes, coaches and staff joined a series of organized events among football players and others in college athletics across the country in the wake of the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Such gatherings or marches have been held at schools such as Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Mississippi and Mississippi State with others planned.
"For certain, we can't let this momentum die," tailback Najee Harris said. "This has to be an ongoing movement until change happens.
"We must do more as a team and as individuals to keep this movement going."
Breitbart shared more of Saban's message in their report:
“Sports has always created a platform for social change,” Saban said. “For each of us involved in sports, I think we have a responsibility and obligation to do that in a responsible way and use our platform in a positive way to try to create social change in positive ways.
“Through this process, I’ve learned a lot from our players. I don’t get to see the world through the same lens that a lot of our players do. I think I respect and appreciate the lens they see the world in and they live the world in. We had various speakers that I think contributed that education as well, whether it was Condoleezza Rice, Charles Barkley, Stephen A. Smith, Joey Galloway, Tony Dungy. All those people had an interesting way that we could all make positive change.
“So this is what helped me grow in my role as a leader: to listen to the players, to learn from the players and to give them the opportunity to do things that could impact social change today.”
Several players addressed the crowd as well, including Najee Davis and Greg Byrne. Alabama joins Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, and several other schools, in making social justice statements after the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.