Cleveland Browns’ Hawkins Refuses to Apologize for ‘Call for Justice’

After Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt that read “Justice for Tamir Brown and John Crawford” during Sunday’s warmup, the local police union president called his actions “pathetic” and demanded an apology. Today, Hawkins told reporters why he wore the shirt on the field and explained why he doesn’t believe he owes an apology to anyone.

“I was taught that justice is a right that, you know, every American should have,” Hawkins said in the Browns locker room. “And also, that justice should be the goal of every American and I think that’s what makes this country special.”

“A call for justice shouldn’t offend or disrespect anybody,” he continued. “A call for justice shouldn’t warrant an apology.”

Hawkins said he “utterly respects and appreciates” police officers who work for safety of all Americans, but he said he also recognizes that are “not so good” police officers out there. “My wearing the t-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department,” he said. “My wearing the t-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people.”

“If I was to run away from the thing in my soul that I thought was the right thing to do, that would make me a coward, and I couldn’t live with that,” Hawkins added. He said that when he saw the news about 12-year-old Tamir Rice being shot and killed, he thought about the same thing happening to his two-year-old son and it “scared the hell” out of him. That was the “number one reason” he chose to make his views known by wearing the t-shirt.

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