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Carson Wentz Speaks on Systemic Racism During News Conference

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is speaking up about systemic racism in America.

Wentz told reporters during a news conference on Thursday that “some fans might not like it but there’s a hurting community and we want to reach out and respond to that hurt.”

 

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Carson Wentz also admitted to overlooking racism in the past. He said, “I’m growing up. I’m no longer a kid from North Dakota that can use that card.”

The 27-year-old NFL star’s statement comes one day after the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks backed out of their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on August 26. The Bucks’ decision was done in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting that occurred at the hands of police in Wisconsin on August 23.

Since August 26, many other teams across the NBA, WNBA, MLS, MLB and NHL followed the Bucks’ lead in postponing games in support of Blake and the Black Lives Matter movement. On August 27, several NFL teams, not including the Philadelphia Eagles, either canceled or postponed their practice sessions, including the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets.

That same day, ESPN reported that the NBA’s players decided to resume the 2020 playoff games.

The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to begin on September 10.

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Candace Cordelia
Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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