Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon was extremely emotional while speaking of the recent unfortunate events that took place in his native Kenosha, Wisconsin. Last weekend, police in Kenosha shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times and it led to protests in the streets of Kenosha.
This offseason, Gordon left the Los Angeles Chargers to join the Broncos. "It was tough in general," Gordon said of speaking in front of his new teammates. ".. I just -- any time Kenosha or anything that is brought up and I keep seeing it repeatedly, I just get emotional.
I was getting emotional about it, and I just had to get it off my chest. ... This could happen in anyone's community. We have to be there for each other.' ' During the protest, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot three people and killed two.
"It was just heartbreaking ... just seeing a kid in our community just getting shot in the street, a kid getting offered water shortly after ... just sad to see," Gordon said. "And the fact when you post something or put something out there, people are justifying their actions, justifying why it's OK to shoot somebody seven times in the back.
To me that's just sad."
Gordon was left heartbroken after seeing Blake shot seven times in the back
"Just look at it as if it were your husband, your brother, your whatever, being shot in the back, being shot in the street, or having your throat stepped on.
Just look at it from that point. ... Just try to educate yourself, try to educate yourself the best way you can or find somebody who can put it in a way you can understand." Broncos safety Justin Simmons said it got really serious when Gordon stood out to speak.
The players knew what to expect from Gordon and they were all there for him. "When Melvin got up, everyone in the room knew that this was a serious topic, that we're going to have serious conversation, but when Melvin got up there, it just hit so much closer to home than, I think, people expected," Simmons said..
".. To have Melvin get up there and he said maybe like two words and got choked up and emotional, the atmosphere in the room just changed." Gordon, a two-time Pro Bowl running back, is hoping to have success in his first season with the Broncos.