Despite his high income as an NFL quarterback, Matthew Stafford says that he also comes from a lot of money, according to Breitbart.
Stafford labels himself as a person of “privilege,” who wants to get out of his “bubble.” Stafford is currently playing under a five-year contract worth $135,000,000.
“Police brutality, white privilege, racism — it’s all real,” Stafford claims in an article titled, We Can’t Just Stick to Football.
“These are not political problems. These are human problems,” he continued.
“It should not be seen as a political statement to discuss this stuff honestly,” Stafford says.
“Listen, I’m not some perfect person,” Stafford wrote in The Players Tribune. “I’m not trying to lecture anybody. I’ve made a million mistakes. I grew up in Highland Park, Texas, which is probably one of the most privileged places in the country.”
“It’s a place that I still love very much, but it’s a bubble. That’s just a fact. I was not exposed to a lot of diversity or different ideas growing up. I was not educated on these issues, and I probably said a bunch of stupid things when I was young that I regret. But a big part of life is about looking inside yourself and trying to evolve as a person.”
“I was embarrassed to have put my teammates in that situation, especially when I was told that it was cool to use the field. Especially when I had been on the same field with Danny with no problems,” Stafford wrote.
“The only difference is what we all know in our hearts. Danny and I are white. We don’t get the cops called on us in those situations. We don’t immediately get called uncooperative,” he concluded.