Kyler Murray doesn’t care whom he upsets or disappoints by kneeling during the national anthem. The Cardinals’ quarterback received backlash when he announced on Instagram his decision to protest social inequality and police brutality.
“You think I give a f–k,” he responded to a fan who objected.
The NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year explained the decision on Wednesday as doing “what’s right.” While he hasn’t dealt with issues with the police growing up, he had been pulled over and let go because he was recognizable. Murray has been encouraged by the nationwide protests following the death of black man George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck. The quarterback wants to do his part.
“I don’t really care what anybody thinks about me, never have, but I know a lot of people that do,” Murray said. “And for me being a black man in America, if it’s wrong I’m gonna say it’s wrong. I feel like personally, it’s on everybody to hold each other accountable. But more so, for me, if you’re white and you got white friends that feel this certain type of way or don’t understand what’s going on, it’s on you to educate them, as well as black, Hispanic, any other ethnicity.
“If you have any racist friends, it’s on you to stop that immediately and let them know why that’s not right, or what’s wrong with the way they think or just opening their eyes and allowing them to understand what’s wrong with their thought process because, to be honest, I mean, we’re all human. And I feel like we should all be treated equally. I don’t get the debate on why everyone should be treated equally because of their skin color. It doesn’t make sense to me, but it is what it is right now. We’re trying to fix that.”