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TORONTO — Montreal Alouettes starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. put a call out on Twitter Friday for suggestions as to where to donate his stimulus check.
The Seattle, WA resident received his $1,200 stimulus check from the United States government which was issued in response to the COVID-19 crisis and posted a message saying, “I’m trying to donate it to a black-owned business who needs help right now … lead me in the right way”.
I want to know more ways I can help.. For some reason I just got my stimulus check, and I’m trying to donate it to a black owned business who needs help right now… lead me in the right way ✊🏽
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@bigplay_va) June 5, 2020
Adams Jr. is one of a long list of CFL players and executives that have made their voice and actions heard over the last few weeks.
His teammate, veteran running back James Wilder Jr., posted a video to his Twitter account on Tuesday that featured a number of CFL players.
The group of players spread the message of standing together against systemic racism and police brutality.
Called on some of my brothers all round the @cfl to openly stand with me against Systematic Racism and Police Brutality WITHOUT hesiststion they STOOD!!!
Now WE call on YOU to Proudly stand with us!!!!
SILENCE IS VIOLENCE!!!!!
✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻#STANDTOGETHER #CFL #getWILDER pic.twitter.com/Wx45fyNkCP
— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) June 2, 2020
The group of players included Adam Bighill, Henoc Muamba, Mike Reilly, Zach Collaros, David Casarrubias, Bo Levi Mitchell, Shawn Lemon, Cody Fajardo, Dylan Wynn, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Timothy Flanders and Trevor Harris.
The CFL released the following statement on Sunday:
Just as we celebrate diversity, we in the Canadian Football League condemn racism in all of its forms, silent and systemic or blatant and violent. In particular, no person should fear for his or her freedom, safety, or life because of the colour of his or her skin.
— CFL (@CFL) May 31, 2020
On Wednesday, Alouettes linebacker Henoc Muamba joined Donnovan Bennett and Davis Sanchez on The Waggle Podcast presented by SportClips to speak on the growing racial tensions not only in the United States but in Canada as well. You can listen to more below: