Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got emotional today when explaining why he wore a, "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" T-shirt during pre-game warm-ups before yesterday’s Browns-Bengal home game. Hawkins’ nearly six-minute reply is a response, according to NEOMG, to Cleveland police union’s president calling the father and athlete’s display of support, "pathetic" and uninformed of the facts of both cases. Hawkins, who becomes emotional when speaking of his 2-year-old son, says in part:
My wearing of the T-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department. My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people. …The number one reason for me wearing the T-shirt was the thought of what happened to Tamir Rice happening to my little Austin scares the living hell outta me.
The Hawkins police union dust-up recalls a late November incident where the local St. Louis police union clashed with the Rams over five of its players entering the stadium showing, "hands up," in support of Mike Brown. Black police officers later issued a statement supporting the Rams players.