After protests broke out around the country following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, dozens of Broncos players united to add their voices to the millions across the country speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice.
By taking part in a protest and march in downtown Denver, they refused to stay silent. That in itself was an act for the cause. But they knew that to make change, they would have to continue to make an impact.
As this new story from Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop details, many players did just that.
Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins got in contact with a representative from the Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, who explained how the players could help in the push to pass SB20-217, which "called for accountability and integrity in law enforcement, while requiring body cameras, soliciting data on use of force, making that data public, banning tear gas and other chemical agents before issuing orders to disperse, and prohibiting chokeholds," as Bishop wrote.
Several Broncos supported the measure publicly, including linebacker Alexander Johnson, who made calls to representatives and later watched the entire legislative session during which state lawmakers debated and voted on the bill, which passed the Colorado House of Representatives.
"I feel like it was a big step but still a tiny step," Johnson told Bishop. "The bill isn't in effect yet. We still have a long way to go."
For more information on how the Broncos are trying to instill positive change in their community, including the newly founded Inspire Change program, please visit DenverBroncos.com/InspireChange.
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