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and support us, it’s important and it’s powerful. I just wanted to make sure I let them know how appreciative I was. “I invited (Mrs. Benson) to come. Any time you can have the support of team owners behind players, and the league and the shield behind players in their efforts off the field, it’s amazing. Especially when it comes to social justice and what’s going on in our country right now. I think for Mrs. Benson, along with Chris Johnson, I think it’s just part of who they are as people. They’re great people who care about the community, who care about other humans and doing what’s right. I think that sends a message in itself. It was amazing to have her there. I know she had a busy schedule and she was able to drop some things to come, so my wife (Tamela) and I were very appreciative of that.” The appreciation is genuine, because Davis understands personally the importance of his cause. In his youth, he dabbled in drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence, and he spent time in jail. “I think it’s very important because the social justice things that we’re fighting for are a lot of things that are affecting the black and the brown community,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s easier to support issues that are kind of viewed the same across the board. It’s easier when you’re fighting for a cause like cancer or you’re fighting for a cause about a disease where it’s all kind of viewed the same — bad, across the board. “But when it comes to black and brown communities and the issues that they face, not everybody feels the same. I think that’s

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where lines can kind of get drawn in our country, but issues are issues that affect human lives. And so, we’ve got to treat it as such and look at it with compassion. “A lot of the players that are fighting for these issues come from these communities, so they understand them. But it’s also important to have the support of the league when they step out into these areas. To have the support from the league, the commissioner and team owners, which we spoke about when we sat alongside them and met with them, the response from the league and the owners has been nothing but amazing. For them to step out and show they support their players when they go out and speak about these issues is amazing.” No more amazing than one of the players who felt compelled to address them. “I didn’t expect it (the involvement) to

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be this much (when I entered the NFL),” Davis said. “But I’ve always been a person who was socially conscious — I was always aware of what was going on in the communities that I come from, the disadvantages that existed there. “I’ve always looked at me playing the sport not just as what I do, but it’s a platform to go out and share a positive message. And so, those two have come together and now, I just think we’re living in a time where you can’t be politically correct. You’ve got to stand up for what’s right. “I think everybody is getting pressure to be politically correct, not offend anybody. But we’re also in a time where, if you don’t do anything, you’re just as guilty as the people who are doing wrong and the oppressors. I just try to stand up for what I believe is right, and it just comes across as that.”

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