“NFL Players Speak Up: First-Hand Experiences and Building Trust Between Communities and Police”

Mar 27, 2017
Press Release




Title:              “NFL Players Speak Up:  First-Hand Experiences and Building Trust Between Communities and Police”


What:             Congressional forum to hear from NFL players about their own experiences and how they hope to improve relationships with minority    communities and the police while supporting programs to help inmates successfully re-enter their communities.


Hosts:             Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member

                        House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


                        Rep. John Conyers Jr., Ranking Member

                        House Committee on the Judiciary


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Ranking Member

                        Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee


Rep. Cedric Richmond, Chair

Congressional Black Caucus


When:            11 am on Thursday, March 30, 2017


Where:           2154 Rayburn House Office Building


Who:               Anquan Boldin (Detroit Lions):  Mr. Boldin will speak about his experience dealing with police as a young athlete growing up in Florida and how his outlook changed after the death of his cousin in a police involved incident.  He wants to use his participation in professional football to help build a bridge between police forces and communities like his hometown in South Florida.


Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles):  Mr. Jenkins will speak about his recent trip to a prison in Pennsylvania, during which he spent time volunteering with inmates at a computer class and talking with them about how they were preparing to exit the facility to return to their lives outside prison.  He hopes to highlight the needs of re-entry programs and support work to enhance the success of these programs.


                         Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, Cofounder and President, Center for Policing Equity


[Additional NFL players may accompany Mr. Boldin and Mr. Jenkins.]



115th Congress