The NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign is one of the many ways that players across the league use their voice and influence for change. This year’s cleats were special due to the handful of events that have taken place all over the country from Breonna Taylor to George Floyd and many others. The unfortunate deaths and powerful protests that followed were part of a larger movement for change in this country.
Take a closer look at the cleats below and learn more about Jones’s inspiration behind the inspirational pair.
I wanted to bring awareness to an issue that affects Black and Brown families every day especially since it’s one that has hit my home directly. My sister’s father, Paul Monroe, was killed by police decades ago and my classmate, Darius Tarver, was killed this year. This is an issue that Black people have dealt with long before the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and it’s an issue that my Black teammates and I face when we leave the football field every day.
We cannot avoid having conversations about racial injustice and we need to always say the names of those who’ve lost their lives. This is my tribute to them.Ronald Jones