“We want this to be the best place in the world to live, and unless we do something about it, it’s not going to be. And I don’t think that’s how this country was founded,” he said. “I’ve always believed there’s two things that you can’t live without, and it has nothing to do with food and water. It’s love and hope, and I don’t think we’re doing a good job in our country giving that to everyone.
“People are just asking to be heard so there’s change made.”
Nationals manager Davey Martinez echoed similar sentiments.
“We got to change,” he said. “We got to change now. It ain’t gonna get any better if these guys don’t speak up and we don’t speak up.”
Rhys Hoskins said the players want to see change.
“I’ve heard people ask, ‘Well, what do the players want?’ Obviously change, right? We’re hoping for change and we know that some of these issues that are going on in the country are rather big issues, but even if there’s baby steps toward changing those issues, that feels like a win,” he said while sitting next to Nationals utility player Josh Harrison.
“Even though we battle each other every night, different uniforms in between those white lines, it’s a brotherhood,” said Harrison. “At the end of the day, we got to support each other, be united for whatever the cause may be.”
“When we walk outside these doors without this jersey on, without this shield, without these cleats, we’re seen as the same as a Jacob Blake or a George Floyd,” he said. “When we’re in a car or we come across a police officer, that fear still exists for us, and it’s real.”
McLeod said he doesn't feel that there is enough push from NFL owners to address racial injustices.