Back in 2009 a shot of Randy Moss playing for the New England Patriots against the Redskins. Pic by Keith Allison.
During one of the biggest moment of his life, Randy Moss made a creative and powerful social statement to honor black families who have lost their loved ones due to racial violence and police brutality know they are not alone. But he decided to take a different approach.
The Randy Moss Tie
So, in a show of solidarity with victims of police brutality, instead of kneeling, he wore a tie with names of black Americans killed by the police for no good reason.
The former National Football League (NFL) wide receiver was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday 4th August and it was this platform that he used to join the likes of Colin Kaepernick in fighting police brutality and supporting the many victims of police brutality.
“You ask me about my tie. We all know what’s going on,” Moss told NFL Network. “You see the names on my tie? What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone. I’m not here voicing, but by these names on my tie and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country. And I just wanted to let these family members know they’re not alone.”
All Victims of Police Brutality
The NFL legend’s tie had 13 names on it. The names listed were Greg Gunn, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Paul O’Neal, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Akiel Denkins, Trayvon Martin, and Philando Castile.
Rice was just a 12-year-old boy playing with a plastic gun when the police shot and killed him while Gunn, Gurley, O’Neal, Glenn, Sterling, Denkins, Brown, and Scott were all unarmed when they were shot and killed by ruthless police officers. Garner was choked to death by the police for selling cigarettes.
Gray died from injuries suffered in a police van while Bland, a 28-year-old woman spent three days in jail for a traffic violation and ended up committing suicide according to the Police Department. Castile was shot and killed at a traffic stop after he had informed the police officer that he was carrying a registered firearm.
Moss has played in the Pro Bowl six times in 14 NFL seasons. He holds the NFL record for the most touchdowns by a receiver in a single season with 23 in 2007. He also has the second most touchdowns (156) in NFL history only behind Jerry Rice.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the NFL fines or rescind Moss’s induction into the Hall of Fall as he wore the tie for the same reason Kaepernick (who has been blacklisted) and others kneel. This is a reminder that black lives matter.