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Randy Moss describes reactions, hate mail he received after wearing controversial tie at Hall of Fame ceremony

Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss wore a tie featuring the names of several people who were killed by police or died in police custody in recent years at his NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week. The names on the tie included Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Akiel Denkins, Greg Gunn, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Walter Scott and Paul ONeal. Moss, who played in the NFL from 1998-2012 mainly with the Minnesota Vikings, said he knew he wanted to do this back in February shortly after he learned of his induction to the Hall of Fame. He told Jason Reid of The Undefeated, though, that his intention wasnt to divide anyone. It was simply to love. I just wanted to show those families that theyre not alone and bring some eyes and some light to the fact that, man, theres still some families really hurting out here, Moss told The Undefeated. Were in a crisis right now. You understand what Im saying? Some people dont want to see it, but all you have to do is open your eyes. Theres so much going on, you know what Im talking about, and people need to understand that. Since the ceremony, Moss said he has received tons of feedback about the tie and not all of it has been positive. He said he is constantly deleting hate mail and messages, and that he deleted probably 150 to 200 messages in the last few days alone. The black community praised me and thanked me for shedding light on African-Americans dying, Moss told The Undefeated. Then on the flip side, youve got sites where people are slamming me, saying Hey, n, stay in your place. Theyre saying, Youre a dumb black jock. You just need to stick to playing football, n.' Moss also said that he exchanged messages on Instagram with a police officer who told the wide receiver that he disagreed with the criminals that you have on your tie because they broke the law. And while that fact depends on a case-by-case basis, Moss said that isnt the point. The point is that were all people, Moss told the Undefeated. People make mistakes. But you shouldnt lose your life for a lot of the reasons that people have been. Now, the police officer I was [messaging with] agreed with me that some of those people should still be here. He agreed that they shouldnt have lost their lives. That kind of made me feel good. We communicated about it and agreed on something. What I did, I didnt mean it disrespectfully toward police. I didnt call out any police officer or police department. I know police have tough jobs. But I cant ignore the other part of it. There are things that shouldnt be happening. And then you have people in this country hurting from missing their loved ones. We just have to come together to admit whats going on and try to fix it. Randy Moss on NFL protests during the national anthem The issues in the NFL surrounding protests during the national anthem is one topic that is dominating the sport ahead of the 2018 season. While he wasnt playing in the NFL when this issue was going on, Moss spoke out about the current climate in the NFL and on social justice in general something he took a stand for in his Hall of Fame speech while wearing the tie controversial tie. Yet with certain team owners, and United States president Donald Trump, taking such a strong stance against the protests in the NFL which started simply as a way to bring attention to those issues around the country Moss said it has become incredibly hard for so many athletes to even bring those topics up at all any more. Athletes are scared right now, Moss told The Undefeated. A lot of athletes, most guys, dont want to talk about this. Theyre terrified for their careers. Theyre terrified about losing their occupation, which is how they feed their families. Black athletes know theyre being treated a certain type of way. Most guys cant really voice their opinions. Theyre worried about getting the same type of treatment that Colin Kaepernick got.


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Added On: August 9, 2018, 8:17 pm EDT

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