The NFL’s Players Coalition and dozens of other sports figures sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting an immediate federal investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, also was sent the letter Friday. It was signed by such sports stars as Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Players Coalition co-founders Anquan Boldin, who played at Florida State, and Malcolm Jenkins.
The Players Coalition was formed in 2017 to raise awareness about police and community relations, criminal justice reform and education and economic advancement. It developed out of the dispute between NFL team owners and the players who were kneeling during the national anthem to bring a focus on social injustice.
The letter requested that the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division lead the investigation into the shooting of Aubrey, a black man, on Feb. 23 by two white men, Travis and Greg McMichael. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged the father and son this week with murder and aggravated assault after a video of the shooting was leaked and shared widely, sparking outrage.
The coalition’s letter cites delays by Georgia prosecutors and asks for a “robust federally led investigation ... the only way to restore community trust that Mr. Arbery’s death will be fully investigated.”
It includes 64 signatures, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Aenaes Williams and the NFL’s director of football operations, Troy Vincent.