Bold statements can be made without uttering a single word, and last night in Canton, Ohio, former NFL star wide receiver, Randy Moss did just this, simply by wearing a tie.
That’s right, former Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriot star honored fallen African American victims of police violence by wearing a tie with their names embroidered onto it during his Hall of Fame induction speech and the events which surrounded it.
Randy Moss' tie. Respect pic.twitter.com/2XJJDld3Km
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 5, 2018
“What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone,” Moss said on NFL Network. “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.”
The list of names which were embroidered on Moss’ tie included:
- Greg Gunn
- Tamir Rice
- Akai Gurley
- Paul O’Neal
- Eric Garner
- Freddie Gray
- Walter Scott
- Sandra Bland
- Akiel Denkins
- Alton Sterling
- Michael Brown
- Trayvon Martin
Randy Moss' tie he wore tonight pic.twitter.com/RreQNkkNmZ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 5, 2018
This list represented individual African Americans who were either killed in police shootings or died while in the custody of police.