Amid civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, Texas wide receiver Brennan Eagles said Thursday that he won't "play another snap" due to racial injustice and called for people to focus on "the bigger picture."
"Athletics brings people together all over, but at the end of the day, I'm not going to play another snap knowing what's going on in our society due to color and the system being broken … I just can't," wrote Eagles.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died May 25 after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers who were on the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four officers have been fired.
Floyd's death has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality.
In seven games with Texas last season, Eagles racked up 522 yards and six touchdowns on 32 catches.