Cam Newton wore a T-shirt that quoted Martin Luther King Jr. during his warmup for Carolina’s game against the Vikings.
The dark shirt was emblazoned with the quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” across the back.
Newton earlier this week called the fatal shooting of a black man by a Charlotte police officer “embarrassing,” touching on a “state of oppression in our community.”
Dashboard camera footage of Keith Scott’s shooting was released Saturday night and prompted a fifth day of protests in Charlotte. There was a heavy police presence around Bank of America Stadium before Sunday’s game.
Some Carolina Panthers players opted to take a team bus from the downtown team hotel rather than drive their cars to the stadium prior to Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings due to potential protests in downtown Charlotte area.
Normally, players simply drive from the team hotel to their designated parking lot — and most did on Sunday. However, the Panthers offered to take any players who didn’t feel comfortable driving over to the stadium a ride on the team bus.
Protests have been ongoing since Tuesday when a black male was shot by a black police officer, sparking rioting and looting in the city. There have been more peaceful protests in downtown in recent days.
There was a group of about 50 people protesting outside the stadium prior to the game, with arms locked and chanting.
SOURCE: The Associated Press