Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams admits he fears for his life as a Black man in America as he has seen enough of police brutality and social injustice in his 24 years. After months of trying to force his way out of the New York Jets, Adams changed teams for the first time in his career two months ago when the Seahawks traded for him.
"I'm afraid," Adams said he told his teammates, per the team’s website. "I fear for my life as a Black man, and I shouldn't fear for my life. It's tough to continue to do what I do. When I take off my Seahawks gear, I'm just another Black guy in the community, another Black guy in the street.
It's a tough concept to swallow. I'm afraid every time I walk by a cop. I'm afraid every time a cop pulls me over. I'm afraid when I walk into a restaurant or a bar, and they tell me that I can't have those pants on or I can't have those shoes on.
Adams had a gun drawn on him
While Adams was in high school and on a recruiting list, he, other recruits and college players were pulled over by police and had guns drawn on them. "I did once have a gun drawn on me, and I did nothing," Adams revealed.
"I was on the ground. I once felt that, I felt that pressure. I was scared, I was terrified… Three cop cars pulled us over, and I'll never forget the day, I'll never forget when the guy put us on the ground and found out who we were and said, 'This is how we treat our players, you don't want to come here.'
So it's always been like that, I've always been stereotyped my whole life. I grew up in a diverse area. I went to a diverse school. I've seen all the jokes, I've seen it all. And again, I fear for my life, man. I fear for my niece's life, I fear for my nephew's life, I fear for my brother's life, I fear for my parents' life.
I fear for my brothers, because I don't know when my time is up, I don't know if I'm next. I don't know if—is enough enough? Will I be the one that has to be the guy for people to understand that they're killing unarmed black people? Does a top athlete have to go down for people to really listen and understand why? There's no justifying anything.
There's no justifying, 'he had a knife,' there's no justifying, 'Oh, he was on drugs,' there's no justifying. Murder is murder. Wrong is wrong and right is right, it's as simple as that."