The NFL, the same professional sports league that fines its players for even the most minor uniform infraction, including putting message on the shoes they wear (except when it’s officially sanctioned by the league itself), is reportedly mulling over a plan which would allow NFL players to place social justice messages in the form of decals on their helmets during the 2020 season.
In a move somewhat similar to the NBA which will be allowing its players to display social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys for the remainder of this season, the NFL Players Association and the league are reportedly working on compiling a list of names or initials of police violence victims and systemic racism that may be displayed on helmet decals.
Front Office Sports reports…
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor. Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice are just some of the people who are expected to be mentioned on the individual tribute decals.
The decision to wear or not wear decals will be up to individual NFL players, according to Steve Wyche, senior correspondent for NFL Network. The tributes could range from African American victims of racism to police officers slain in the line of duty.
“You might have one team with 15 different decals,” noted Wyche.
Players from a single club could act in unison to wear the same decal, he added, or find a way to salute victims from their local area.
“They’re still in discussions. But this sounds like it’s going to happen,” Wyche added.
This wouldn’t be the first time the NFL has allowed special decals to be placed on helmets. However, the honor has usually been reserved for someone close to the organization who has passed away, the military, or victims of a natural disaster or mass shooting.