The Ferguson case could possibly be the most emotional grand jury decision in the year of 2014. The decision not to indicate police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown sent off a social media storm of reactions from even professional athletes.
Professional NBA and NFL players were not afraid to voice their opinion and reaction across their social media accounts.
LeBron James shared this photo to his Instagram account with the caption, “As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter”
Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, delivered the same message in this short tweet.
Even former Lakers’ star, Magic Johnson, tweeted his disappointment and call for change.
NFL player, Adrain Peterson, offered his opinion based on his recent experience of being indicted on charges of negligent injury to a child.
Professional tennis player, Serena Williams, added:
NHL player, Ian Cole called for peace in his tweet.
It is great to see athletes calling for people to remain peaceful, despite the controversy and high emotions revolving around the decision. Their position of influence on younger generations is something even government officials don’t have, especially in a case like Ferguson.
And the last thing needed is more violence.