CHARLOTTE - Some of Charlotte's most prominent athletes are weighing in on the events taking place in the Queen City in the aftermath of a fatal police shooting.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, often criticized for not talking about race relations, spent the majority of his Wednesday news conference addressing the topic, being careful to explore multiple perspectives on the issue.
"My heart mourns for the family," Newton said less than 24 hours after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. "But I just don't know enough info now."
Carolina Head Coach Ron Rivera was frustrated that members of his team were put in the position to try and direct the city on how to move forward.
He said the best way to make change is to vote.
"Maybe instead of tearing up your own city, and doing things the wrong way, we do things the right way," Rivera said. "Vote."
Panthers safety Tre Boston seemed to be the most outspoken on social media. During initial protests on Tuesday night, Boston tweeted: "Wow this actually hurts, a city I've grown to love. Charlotte what are we doing? This is in my backyard. We must do better. #KeithLamontScott"
Wow this actually hurts, a city I've grown to love. Charlotte what are we doing? This is in my backyard. We must do better #KeithLamontScott— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) September 21, 2016
Boston went on to clarify on Twitter Tuesday that he was talking about the "officers actions" and not the protests.
On Wednesday night he tweeted: "With everything going on lately, we must remember God is our savior, so we must pray for better days."
With everything going on lately, we must remember God is our savior, so we must pray for better days. 🙏🏾— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) September 22, 2016
At 5 p.m., ET on Wednesday, several hours before protests became confrontational in Uptown, NBA superstar and Charlotte native Steph Curry tweeted: "Praying for my city! We deserve better than this...#704 #KeithLamontScott"
Praying for my city! We deserve better than this...#704 #KeithLamontScott— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 21, 2016
UNC Tar Heels basketball player Kennedy Meeks, who went to West Charlotte High School tweeted a long message on Wednesday.
"Growing up in Charlotte learn that life isn't fair!! We as a people can't riot to solve our problems. We must have the confidence and faith in God that things will change. You ask me why? Because prayer really does change things. It's sad the things that Charlotte is facing let alone the world, but we all must come together as citizens and look at the things we can make better. Racism is one problem and killing is another, but what can we do to change this? How can we be the bigger person and stand tall for not only blacks but all PEOPLE. All lives matter, we are just focusing on the black lives right now. #allloveisgoodlove #alllivesmatter"
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