CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Members of the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame class were honored with their football accomplishments over the weekend in Canton, but one inductee used to his platform to make a political statement.
Ed Reed wore a shirt to Thursday’s preseason game that featured the images of nine African-Americans who were killed during interactions with police.
An image of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by Cleveland police in November 2014 while carrying an airsoft pellet gun, could be seen on the shirt.
Typically, players and coaches being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame would wear a logoed polo shirt to the annual game.
Other faces on Reed’s shirt included Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and Eric Garner.
Viewers noticed that the camera covering Reed during his introduction quickly zoomed in, cropping out his attire.
Reed spent the majority of his 12-year career playing for the Baltimore Ravens.