The Get with Morgan Fogarty: Thomas Davis Pt. 2
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Thomas Davis has something to say about Colin Kaepernick’s controversial efforts to raise awareness about racial inequality in America. He says, “So many people look at what Colin doing as a knock on the military, or a knock on the flag, or really being disrespectful, and they are totally missing the whole reason for what he’s doing. There’s so much going on in this world, from a social injustice standpoint, that we needed someone to step up and really be the face of that.”
Just like on the football field, Davis is not backing down. Last week, he was interviewed on a national sports show. The TV host asked, “As a leader in the locker room, how would you feel if one of your Panthers teammates decided to take a knee?” Davis replied, “Hats off to ’em. At the end of the day, you’re entitled to your own opinion as a player, as a person.”
The response from fans was immediate and divided. Some celebrated Davis’ remarks. Others didn’t. WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked Davis, “Are you worried when people say, (and) I’ve seen some of the tweets back to you this week in particular, they’ll say things like, ‘Well, you just lost a fan. (Or) I’m not gonna wear your jersey anymore.’ Does that bother you?” Davis replies, “No. Not at all. Because if me saying or doing something to try to help make the world a better place causes you to not purchase my jersey or wanna wear it anymore, I don’t want you wearing it anyway. It just goes back to you being part of the problem. You being part of why the country is where it is right now. Why there are so many people trying to divide instead of come together.”
Davis says if professional athletes sit back and do nothing, they are also part of the problem. And personally, wealth and fame have not shielded Davis’s family from discrimination. He says, “For young kids in the school system right now to continue to do and say the things that my daughter and my son have come home and told me that they’ve heard little kids say, it didn’t just happen with these kids. These kids are hearing it from their parents. Their parents are hearing it from their parents. And the cycle goes on and that’s part of the problem. Nobody is willing to step in and break the cycle, nobody is helping to teach them the right things to do and say.”
Davis tells Fogarty he doesn’t know if any Panthers players will take a knee during the anthem this season. Other players on other teams will. And when they do, he urges people to dig deep. Davis says, “It’s always going to be a touchy and sticky situation when you’re dealing with this particular social situation, but at the same time, we need to continue to raise awareness. We need to continue to show people it’s not about protesting the anthem or the flag. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, and doing it in a way that you’re gonna get everybody’s attention. And people need to start realizing, and digging deep to really figure out what the issue is, and not just make it about what they want it to be about.”
While he supports Kaepernick and other players who choose to take a knee during the anthem, one of the things Davis has chosen to do is to work on building a relationship with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. The two are planning events together to help bridge gaps between the police and the communities they serve.