The NFL’s long trajectory of prioritizing its profits over social responsibility has pushed Buffalo Bills receiver Anquan Boldin to walk away from his 14-year career with the organization.
Boldin made his announcement on Sunday night— just two weeks after signing a one-year $1.75 million contract with the Bills. Uncoincidentally, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville also took place two weeks ago.
“I think anybody with any sense can see how divided we are as a country, and Charlottesville only magnified what we were already seeing,” the 36-year-old told The Associated Press on Monday. “That’s not the America that I want to live in. And I think the only way that this America changes is that we as a people stand up and change it.”
“There’s not enough money in this world for me to continue to allow the things that are going on to continue to spread,” the father of two continued.
The NFL’s reputation has been steadily souring as football free-agent Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the pre-game national anthem in protest of police brutality, continues to be blackballed by the league. Kaepernick remains unsigned with the 2017 NFL season commencing in just two weeks.