Eagles' Chris Long Speaks Out Against Violence In Hometown Charlottesville

Eagles' Chris Long Speaks Out Against Violence In Hometown Charlottesville

The loudest it gets is on Saturdays at [University of Virginia's] Scott Stadium. "I'm thinking of all the people there going through this right now".

Charlottesville became the focal point of the weekend's white nationalist rally because the city council voted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Jenkins held his fist in the air in protest during the National Anthem. prior to the Eagles' first preseason game Thursday and says he plans to continue to stage the subtle protest, saying "after spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it's clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration".

"Coming from Charlottesville, it's a quiet town", Long said.

Kyle Long was 5 years old when his family moved to Charlottesville, Va. I grew up with great people.

"I wish everybody would have a chance to be on a team", he said. "I don't tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics". That's the thing, everyone wants to turn this political. He spoke Sunday about how much the locker room has molded him. "Like I said, the more we can do right to each other and act accordingly when presented with the situation, then the better off we'll be". "But the one thing I can say is that Charlottesville and the families affected are definitely in our thoughts and prayers".

"Obviously, it's a small percentage of people involved who are blatantly in the wrong, and we need to do our best as good folks and continue to outnumber and express our opinions and act accordingly when given the opportunity to". He pointed out how a lot of the people that were protesting against the supremacists were from Charlottesville. "I really do believe, it might be cliché, but we come from a lot of different walks of life and backgrounds and I've played with a lot of guys I probably would have never met in other walks of life". "We sit here in a bubble in a really positive way". I know that sounds kind of cliché but we get to really be exposed to each other's different cultures, different ways of life and the way we look at different things. I wish the rest of the world could be on a team. "But I like to use social media like I was a regular guy, because I think I am".