After the NBA’s two-day boycott sparked various protests and walkouts throughout the world of sports heading into the weekend, former Kentucky defensive lineman Corey Peters confirmed that a similar holdout is on the table in the NFL.
In an interview with Howard Balzer of SI.com, Peters said that his Arizona Cardinals have discussed a “variety” of options to fight for social justice, including a potential boycott of Week One of the season.
“Just in some of our private conversations, there’s been a variety of things that come up, some more extreme than others,” Peters said. “But we’ve talked about a wide variety of ways to protest and a boycott in Week One, obviously, that’s something that has been discussed. But I think as far as the next steps, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’re still trying to talk with some of the leaders on the team and trying to figure out what’s the best way to make the biggest impact.”
The former Wildcat’s comments come after Seattle’s Russell Wilson said on Friday that if games were played this weekend, the Seahawks would not participate.
Like the NBA ultimately decided when they agreed to resume the playoffs starting this weekend, though, Peters sees the value in players using their platforms in the NFL to “fight for change.”
“One thing that I think some guys are concerned about, and I am as well, is I think this is an excellent platform,” said Peters. “Look at me right here, sitting here talking to you guys right now about these issues. And I don’t want us to give away our platform to continue to try to fight for change. So I think everything has to be weighed equally. And hopefully we will figure out a solution that is in everybody’s best interest.”
The NBA postponed a total of nine games since Wednesday – three per day – following the Milwaukee Bucks’ initial boycott of their Game Five matchup against the Orlando Magic in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin this past Sunday.
After the two-day pause, the NBA and NBPA agreed to the following commitments moving forward, per Bleacher Report:
- Immediately establish a social justice coalition featuring reps from players, coaches and governors
- Convert team arenas into voting locations for 2020 general election
- Create ad spots in playoff games that promote civic engagement
Peters, who played at Kentucky from 2006-2009, is going into his tenth season in the NFL and his fifth with the Cardinals.
Last season, the former Wildcat started all 16 games for Arizona, finishing the year with 38 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks.