Tom Brady joined dozens of NFL and other sports figures Friday in calling for a federal investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery was killed the afternoon of Feb. 23 while out jogging through a residential area of Brunswick, Ga. Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with murder on Thursday after mobile phone footage of the 25-year-old’s death emerged. Gregory McMichael, 64, is a retired county police officer and district attorney’s investigator. Travis McMichael, 34, is his son.
Brady was one of the players to sign a letter by the NFL Players Coalition that was sent to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. The letter called for action to restore a measure of faith in America’s justice system; the signatories see the local investigation and the failure until this week to arrest or charge the McMichaels as problematic.
“We must strive to achieve the lofty but basic promise of equal justice, a promise on which our democracy depends,” the letter read. “Having the DOJ [Department of Justice] intervene in this case and lead the investigation immediately will help us move toward that goal.
“If it does not, but instead choses to turn its back on this obvious injustice, the DOJ will relinquish its role as the champion for the defenseless and send the unmistakable message that the federal government will not protect us from violence, prejudice and injustice in our communities.”
Today should’ve been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday. Instead, our nation is mourning. Because of the local conflict of interest, @playercoalition, other athletes, and I are urging Attorney General Barr, to have the FBI and the DOJ investigate this tragic death. We need action. pic.twitter.com/2qG8lih6A4
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) May 8, 2020
Brady’s former New England Patriots teammate Julian Edelman and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr were also among the 64 signatories.
On Wednesday, NBA superstar LeBron James expressed on Twitter his indignation over Arbery’s death.
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also called for justice, saying the video showed Arbery was “killed in cold blood.”