Mack reiterated Carr’s reasoning, saying he wants to use his position as a platform to share his message with others in the hope that some will meet it with understanding.
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To show [that] different races can get along, white, black, whatever you are, get along and be friends and … just show unity, Mack said. Show togetherness. It’s discussed a lot. It’s one of the things I feel passionately about, but I just don’t like the attention, the attention that comes with it. But at the same time, just using my platform for positivity is what’s important for me.
Outside of Oakland, the gesture was echoed by other players around the league. Seahawks center Justin Britt placed his arm on teammate Michael Bennett’s shoulder on Friday night, and Eagles defensive end Chris Long put his hand on teammate Malcolm Jenkins’ shoulder on Thursday night as a sign of harmony.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith commented last week that a strike or lockout is almost a virtual certainty.
Winston agreed, but said he doesn’t care what another work stoppage might mean for the NFL’s future.
Honestly I don’t care and I don’t think the guys in this locker room care whether [the NFL] is going to be around in 20 years because none of us are going to be playing, Winston told the TV station. So if these guys [the owners] want to own for a long time, then they can own for a long time. But another work stoppage might kill the golden goose.
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