CHARLOTTE - Several members of the Carolina Panthers spoke to the media on Thursday and addressed the fatal police shooting, and ensuing protests and riots.
"For anyone out there listening to me now," said linebacker Thomas Davis, "this is not the way to fix the problem."
"Tragic," said safety Tre Boston. "People are trying to stand for something. There’s different ways to do it. Some people are trying to do it their way, some people are trying to do it peacefully."
Boston has been outspoken on Twitter since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a CMPD officer.
"I feel like America has a problem," said Boston on Wednesday. "I don’t feel like America is a horrible place. I love America, I love the military. At the same time there are wrongs happening every day."
Like many in the community, some of the Panthers have expressed confusion over the facts of the case, and frustration with police video of the shooting not being released.
"I think that would clear up a lot of things," Davis said.
Boston was asked if he would kneel during the National Anthem like San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
"I don’t know," Boston said. "I have to talk to some people and see if that’s the best thing for me to do."
The NFL and Panthers have said they will monitor the situation, but still plan on Carolina's home game against Minnesota to be played as scheduled on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Panthers hope that happens.
Those people sitting in the crowd are from all walks of life," said tight end Greg Olsen. "For one afternoon they all come together around the Panthers."
Olsen continued: "As silly as it seems that we play a game, we all recognize that games can bring great peace."
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