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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and safety Tyrann Mathieu are helping lead the voter registration drive ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Head coach Andy Reid told the Associated Press̵7;s Dave Skretta that the effort had the support of team owner Clark Hunt and the entire K.C. front office.
“Listen, Clark couldn’t believe it. He was very proud of those people and he called them and talked to them and that’s what Clark was doing,” Reid said. “He’s incredible to guys that way, and he and our guys all know it. That’s why you don’t hear a lot of chatter. They know they have an open ear to talk about. . “
The Chiefs’ drive comes amid protests around the world against police injustice and cruelty after George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis Police on May 25 .
Mathieu explained that the protest movement had made an impact, but the ability to secure long-term improvement in the country included elected leaders ready to make the change, per Skretta:
“If we are going to affect voter registration and give someone a voice and have those people come to their communities and choose their leaders, that will be very important going forward. If you want to change anything, you will have to educate people do what they need to do to change things. Many times it is more than protesting. They really need to find a call to action. I think voter registration can affect a lot of people. “
Mahomes and Mathieu also played a part in a video with fellow NFL players last week calling on the league to condemn racism and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement saying the league was “wrong” in how it handled the Colin Kaepernick-led movement to kneel in protest against racial injustice during the national anthem, which began he did in the 2016 season.
“Without black players, there would be no National Football League and protests across the country are emblematic of centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff,” he said. by Goodell.
Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, said he also contacted Goodell, per Skretta.
“I believe in both my statements and the videos we made. That thing needs to be said,” he said. “We need to come together and show that black lives are important. It was great to feel the support we got from the Chiefs, from Coach Reid, and I spoke to Roger Goodell and he showed his support for us.”
The Chiefs will release more details about the voter registration drive later.