ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Dozens of current and former Broncos players and coaches joined more than 1,400 athletes, coaches and executives across the NFL, NBA and MLB in sending a letter on Wednesday to Congress to support legislation that would end qualified immunity.
Just days after many Broncos players and coaches participated in a protest in Denver against police brutality and racial injustice, several of the team's most prominent players and coaches joined the Players Coalition in its support for the Amash-Pressley bill.
Justin Simmons, Jurrell Casey, A.J. Bouye, Bradley Chubb and Vic Fangio were among the more than 30 current Broncos players or coaches to sign the Players Coalition's letter to Congress.
Former Broncos Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware also added their names to the letter.
"We are more than 1,400 current and former professional athletes and coaches from across the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball in America," the letter reads, in part. "We are tired of conversations around police accountability that go nowhere, and we have engaged in too many 'listening sessions' where we discuss whether there is a problem of police violence in this country. There is a problem. The world witnessed it when Officer Chauvin murdered George Floyd, and the word is watching it now, as officers deploy enormous force on peaceful protestors like those who were standing outside of the White House last week. The time for debate about the unchecked authority of the police is over; it is now time for change."
If enacted, the Amash-Pressley bill would end qualified immunity for police officers and other government officials. Currently, certain government employees are protected from civil liability for their actions while working.
Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Burrow, Ed Reed and Bruce Smith are among the other prominent NFL figures to sign their names to the call to action.
To read the complete letter to Congress, click here.