Eagles' Chris Long Speaks Out Against Violence In Hometown Charlottesville

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 14, 2017

Kyle Long noticed how his teammates reacted this weekend when they learned where he was raised. In the case of Charlottesville, Long feels it's his responsibility to do so.

It hurts Long, too.

Long, often outspoken on social issues, took to Twitter Saturday and Sunday to speak out against white nationalism and criticize President Donald Trump's response to the violence.

One woman was killed when a auto drove through a crowd of counter-protesters on Saturday, and two Virginia state police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed just miles from the city.

White supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee and were met by counter-protestors.

"Injustice in the world we live in is a threat to the freedoms we have", he said. "And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn't".

He keeps Charlottesville close to his heart. "It's disheartening but I really think it's desperation for those folks to feel threatened by us doing the right thing". "Don't be those folks".

Like most Americans, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long was appalled by the terrorist attack in Charlottesville that claimed one life and injured 19 other people.

"Chris does a really good job articulating his views, be it politically, socially, economically", Long said. "But the one thing I can say is that Charlottesville and the families affected are definitely in our thoughts and prayers".

Long said he is "all for free speech" but said he finds those opinions to be "despicable". "The loudest it gets is on Saturday at Scott Stadium (at the University of Virginia). I'd say it was shocking to see that, but, you know, there's bad things that happen all the time and, like I said, prayers to those who are involved".

"People ask, 'You're from Charlottesville?'" he said. "Like I said, don't let a few bad apples ruin what is really true about Charlottesville and that area - there's good folks there", said the Chicago Bears offensive guard. "But I like to use social media like I was a regular guy, because I think I am".

"I wish everybody would have a chance to be on a team", said Long, who's played for three franchises during his 10-year career. I got a lot of family and friends out there.

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