This weekend, the National Football League allowed players to support various causes through its “My Clause, My Cleats” initiative. One Jacksonville Jaguars player strayed from the crowd to stand up for what he believed in.
According to the Florida Times-Union, players chose organizations representing causes ranging from social justice to various diseases and youth initiatives. But Jaguars’ tight end Jacob Hollister did not choose any of the usual groups.
Instead, Hollister chose to support the Live Action Organization.
“Live Action exists today to shift public opinion on the killing of preborn children and defend the rights of these most vulnerable among us,” the organization said on its website.
“Through compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, and investigative reporting, we reveal the humanity of the preborn and expose the abortion industry exploiting women for profit.”
The other shoe features the words “Save Lives” multiple times in an artistic succession.
“Every life is a miracle,” Hollister said, according to the Times-Union. “I’m proud to support the Live Action Organization through my cleats.”
“I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind about this subject but it seems odd the Jags or the NFL let this slide,” one user said.
“I guess it helps he’s not very good on a not very good team so no one cares what he does, but it seems like it could be bad PR especially in the wake of the Supreme Court decisions being made right now.”
Another user suggested Hollister should not be allowed to have an opinion on abortion unless he adopts multiple children.
“Oh. How many kids has he adopted?” the user said.
One moderator of the page even posted a link to donate to Planned Parenthood in an apparent stand against Hollister’s cause.
Despite the outrage, some users did come to Hollister’s defense, even if they did not personally agree with his views.
“Well, how divisive things are right now, I am done being enraged about people’s choices,” one user said. “If that is his choice, I do not agree, but so be it. We want him canceled over shoes?”
A different user suggested the moderators of the page were intentionally trying to create controversy over nothing.
“Honestly I dont understand why this was even posted, other than to stir things up on subjects that have nothing to do with football,” the user said. “Who cares what he believes? It’s his life. Plenty of players take stances on all types of stuff, and they never get posted on here in a negative light. Shame on you mods.”
The cleats from this weekend’s game will be available to bid on through NFL Auction, the Times-Union reported. All proceeds will go to the organization the cleats are supporting.
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