Key LA Rams players Jared Goff and Robert Woods spoke to team beat writers on Wednesday and made powerful statements about the need for racial equality with the country mired in racial unrest.
Goff said it is important for him, specifically as a white quarterback, to be part of the change, explaining that it’s “a matter of what is right and wrong at this point. It’s no longer ‘Do you understand or do you not understand.’ It’s basic human rights.”
The Athletic has Goff’s full comment here:
Here were Rams QB Jared Goff’s full comments about using his platform to speak up in support of those protesting racial injustice and systemic oppression, and the team’s own meetings on these subjects: pic.twitter.com/PilrHBkpKR— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) June 10, 2020
Racial equality has been a topic within the Rams’ organization since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Black man died after a city police officer, Derek Chauvin, was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. There has been protests across the country since and it has been a major topic within sports.
Rams’ coach Sean McVay has held open conversations with his team. Woods was one of the first players McVay talked to about the issue and Woods expressed his own experiences as a Black man growing up in Los Angeles.
Robert Woods said as kids he and friends were questioned by police while attending a movie theater in other parts of town. Also had traffic stop at gunpoint: "You’re just a little bit on edge and alert growing up black in L.A. You just never know."— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) June 10, 2020
Woods said the time is now for everyone to help in the cause against racism.
More Robert Woods: "Find ways to actually move in the community, move in our police reforms, sit down with our political leaders.... Now it’s time to get involved whatever skin color, job profession."— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) June 10, 2020
As they have been during this saga, the Rams backed Woods in the cause.
Now is the call for action. pic.twitter.com/YAgOlPzVPJ— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) June 10, 2020