Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka says he thinks “it’s important for white players to stay involved in the conversation” about racial inequality, per a story by Buffalo News columnist Kimberley Martin.
Hauschka, who signed a multi-year contract with the Bills this offseason after the Seahawks let him walk, told Martin that he thinks it’s important for white people to fight against inequality. From the story:
“I think a lot of white people don’t understand it and are afraid to be involved,” he said. “And I think it’s important for white people to see there is inequality everywhere in the country right now, and in the world.”
Hauschka, now going into his 10th season in the league, implied that his perspective on racial inequality is informed by his time in locker rooms. The Seahawks have had a number of black players speak out against racial inequality in the last few seasons, including Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman.
The kicker also linked his decision to speak out on the issue to having a son born during the offseason, who he hopes will grow up to see “everyone treated equally.” Hauschka’s biography in the 2017 Bills media guide lists support for Black Lives Matter.
Hauschka’s wife, Lindsey, who worked as an immigration attorney, had an appropriate response to criticism of her husband’s position: