San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was one of numerous NFL players that voiced their opinions on the video of the shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was being detained by police last night. Sterling died at the hands of Baton Rouge police officers.
"This is what lynchings look like in 2016," declared Kaepernick on Instagram. "Another murder in the streets because the color of a man's skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable? or did he fear for his life as he executed this man?"
49ers receiver Torrey Smith has also been vocal on Twitter regarding the shooting.
WTH is this!!! I don't care if he was selling crack on the corner this is dead wrong smh https://t.co/5nnfeebEli— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 6, 2016
Doesn't matter if it was legal or illegal....it doesn't mean you should die for it https://t.co/SJqDTTlbUB— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) July 6, 2016
"The world is [expletive] up," said 49ers rookie running back Kelvin Taylor via Twitter.
"The world we live in! Instead of police working to remove the weapon if there was one he yells "he's got a gun" to justify shooting this man...end result : a black person dead & cops will get away with murder Again," said 49ers safety L.J. McCray via Instagram.
"The violence is not new, it's the cameras that are," said Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who spent his college career in Baton Rouge while playing for LSU, via Twitter. That tweet was later deleted by Mathieu.
"No justice in America. What is Independence Day? Definitely means nothing to black people," declared Houston Texans receiver Jaelen Strong via Twitter.