The NFL is about to let their players express themselves about social injustice in a new way.
The NFL is likely to allow players to wear helmet decals featuring the names or initials of victims of racism, according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports.
Players are currently working with the league office to compile a list of approved names. It was previously believed that players would be allowed to display names or messages on their jerseys, but it sounds like the NFL wants to keep the decals to helmets only.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice are just some of the people who are expected to be mentioned on the individual tribute decals.
The NFL has been incredibly strict over the years with altering or adding to uniforms. Players have been fined in the past for displaying messages on their cleats, and the outrage over that led to the league to launch the “My Cleats, My Cause” initiative so players have a specific time where they can call attention to causes they feel strongly about.
Several sports leagues are trying to figure out ways to allow their players to deliver social justice messages on their uniforms.
NBA players are being allowed to replace their names on the backs of the jerseys with messages about race and justice. The allowed messages include Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, and I Can’t Breathe.
While social injustice is something we all want to see go away, it’s great to see even the not so always alert NFL, is allowing their player’s creative freedom to express their views on social injustice.