Saints coach Sean Payton participates in #Blackouttuesday

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton participated in the #BlackoutTuesday campaign, aimed at showing solidarity with protesters calling for justice and reform following the unlawful deaths of black Americans.

— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) June 2, 2020

Payton also, in another post to his Twitter account, called attention to George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody after officers pinned him to the ground and knelt on his neck, and Ahmaud Arbery, a Georgia man who was followed and killed by a white man and his son whill jogging.

"Were Murdered, not Killed on Video," Payton tweeted along with pictures of the two men. "How many have we not seen? 22 weeks from today for change."

And I’m ridin with you til the wheels fall off ❤️----

— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 2, 2020

Payton's tweet is one of many statements members of the New Orleans sports community have made calling for justice and reform in recent weeks.

Yeasterday Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson announced Monday that she along with linebacker Demario Davis, and gaurds Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick formed the Social Justice Leadership Coalition, an organization with the goal of advocating for issues of change black and brown communities. 

Other Saints players have spoken out as well including defensive end Cameron Jordan.