Long bros.: Hate won't define Charlottesville

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

As their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, reels from a weekend beset by violence stemming from a series of white supremacist rallies, NFL players Chris and Kyle Long said the community will emerge stronger.

"Coming from Charlottesville, it's a quiet town. The loudest it gets is on Saturdays at [University of Virginia's] Scott Stadium. I'd say it was shocking to see that, but, you know, there are bad things that happen all the time and, like I said, prayers to those who are involved," said Kyle Long, an offensive guard with the Chicago Bears.

"Hopefully we can continue to do the right thing as a whole. Obviously there's going to be people that do not follow the same suit. Do not be those folks."

Neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist groups staged a rally Friday to protest the city of Charlottesville's plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Hours later, two Virginia state troopers were killed when the helicopter they were flying in as part of a large-scale police effort at the rally crashed into a wooded area outside the city.

Chris Long earned All-American honors at Virginia and had his number retired by the Cavaliers. Now with the Philadelphia Eagles, he tweeted his disgust on Saturday for the white supremacist marches.

Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured... not man babies with tiki torches or people playing "militia"

Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 12, 2017

At Eagles camp on Sunday, he further explained that the protesters do not represent the values of his hometown and called their actions "despicable."

"I have not seen statistics, but I'd be willing to bet the vast majority of people voicing those white supremacist sentiments were from out of town. The majority of the people that were defending our hometown against ideals like that were from Charlottesville, or students. It's disheartening, but I really think it's desperation for those folks to feel threatened by us doing the right thing," he said.


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