DeSean Jackson is using his feet to make a statement on Sunday ahead of the Redskins facing the Browns. Jackson’s custom cleats for pregame warmups are covered in painted caution tape — a statement that Jackson says he is making to peacefully protest “senseless killings of both citizens and police.”
Here’s a look at the cleats on the field as Jackson warmed up Sunday.
And here is Jackson’s statement that the Redskins released Sunday:
“Today is the start of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police. I have chose to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.”
The Redskins franchise also released its own statement in support of Jackson and the law enforcement community.
TMZ got a first look at the shoes and spoke with Jackson.
The shoes were designed by Soles by Sir, who pointed out on Instagram that Jackson “had a vision” and he just put the artwork down.
Soles by Sir founder Marcus Rivero told Fox 5 in D.C. that Jackson was looking for something that “caused awareness” without being a blanket statement.
“He wanted something that just caused awareness,” Rivero said. “And we both thought with all the killings, there’s one constant thing that physically you would see at all crime scenes: caution. He didn’t want to group all cops as corrupt or racist or do Black Lives Matter. He wants it to stand alone.”
Jackson believes he needs to use his “stage and platform” to help push a message and has a “master plan to start a movement.”
“Senseless killings have been ongoing for awhile and police brutality in our black community … and as a young black leader with a stage and platform I’m starting awareness to help prevent these killings, and hopefully get justice to these cops who have taken lives of innocent human beings,” Jackson said. “I am also coming up with a master plan to start a movement.”