Jason McCourty: Return to NFL locker rooms will be 'opportunity to uncomfortably' have discussions on racial inequality

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2020 - 11:06 am

A number of NFL players have spoken out the last several days regarding racial inequality, particularly following Drew Brees' comments on Wednesday.

Appearing on CNN Thursday morning, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty said he's looking forward to NFL players returning to their respective facilities so teams can have these discussions with all 90 players in the locker room.

“I think it’s going to be an opportunity to uncomfortably have these discussions and to be able to really feel what each and every person in the locker room has gone through," he said. "Not only myself, but there are so many guys within the locker room from so many different backgrounds, races, demographics. That allows us a special moment to be a melting pot and really in that situation, really be able to care for one another and be able to understand and talk to each other about what our journey has been like.

"I think that is the unique setting that we have within the locker room that, ‘Hey, we all have a common goal. We all want to do something special on the field, but at the same time we have a responsibility to get to know each other and build on things we can do in the community.’ I am excited to see what the locker room will be like when you have 90 guys that are willing to care for one another and be able to make change together.”

The McCourty twins called Brees' comments a "disgrace" on their joint Twitter account Wednesday.

It is unclear when full NFL teams will return to facilities, but it appears it will be no sooner than late July for training camp.

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