Star NFL quarterback Cam Newton made a public statement on Wednesday about the unrest in North Carolina following the shooting death of Keith Scott by a police officer. Today, before his Carolina Panthers took on the Minnesota Vikings, he made a pair of statements with the shirt and cleats he wore.
Newton’s T-shirt during warmups featured a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.; it was an excerpt from the civil rights leader’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” that read, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” During his press conference on Wednesday, the quarterback made a similar remark, addressing the issue of racial injustice in the U.S. today by stating, “I’m an African-American. I am not happy with how justice has been dealt with over the years, the state of oppression in our community.”
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During pregame warmups, the Under Armour-sponsored athlete also paid homage to iconic singer-songwriter Prince, who was a Minnesota native. Newton’s signature cleat, the Under Armour C1N, was dressed in purple with an all-over paisley print in gold and white.
The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player and the Panthers (1-1) are home at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. ,to face the Vikings (2-0).