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Posted: October 02, 2016

DeSean Jackson wears custom cleats to spur dialogue about 'senseless killings' of 'citizens and police'

By Brianna Chambers

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A closer look at Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson's cleats during warmups for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns show yellow caution tape in a design that criss-crosses the shoes.

In a statement, Jackson addressed the design, saying it was part of a bigger message. 

"Today is the start of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police," he said. "I have chosen to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn't meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country."

"I've seen enough yellow caution tape, and it's time for a stand and a change in our community and society," Jackson told TMZ.

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The Redskins organization said it supports Jackson's effort. 

"We stand in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community," the team's statement said. "We have great respect for law enforcement and the sacrifices they make each and every day to protect and serve our communities. We continue to have open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner."

Jackson, who also told TMZ that he's using his "stage and platform" to raise "awareness to help prevent these killings," said that he is "also coming up with a master plan to start a movement."


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