Cam Newton wears shirt with MLK quote during pre-game warmup

Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:06pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton weighed into the Charlotte unrest by wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a famous quote from civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of his team's home game on Sunday.

The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player took the field for the pregame warmup wearing a black T-Shirt with a King quote on the back in white letters that read "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Newton's on-field statement at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium came five days after a black man, Keith Scott, was fatally shot by a black policeman in Charlotte.

Demonstrations have been a constant for nearly a week in the North Carolina city and there was increased police presence outside the Panthers' stadium where protesters were marching as fans arrived for the game.

Newton, who usually eschews social comment, spoke about the incident last Thursday.

"I'm a firm a believer of justice. I'm a firm believer of doing the right thing," Newton told reporters.

"And I can't repeat it enough of just holding people accountable ... I am not happy with what or how the justice has been kind of dealt with over the years.

"The police brutality ... it's embarrassing to even talk about. When you sit up here and list the names, it's crazy to even think about how did this even happen and how do police who take a leave absence and still get paid."

Newton followed regular protocol during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before Carolina's game against the Minnesota Vikings.   Continued...

Sep 25, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA;  Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scores a touchdown in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports