Chris Lengthy gained various supporters when he introduced he could be donating his season’s wage to charity, now he can depend former President Barack Obama amongst them.
Obama praised the Eagles offensive lineman whereas honoring a number of the most constructive tales of 2017 in a string of tweets Friday.
“As we depend right down to the brand new yr, we get to replicate and put together for what’s forward,” Obama wrote. “For all of the dangerous information that appeared to dominate our collective consciousness, there are numerous tales from this yr that remind us what’s finest about America.
“Chris Lengthy gave his paychecks from the primary six video games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, VA. He needed to do extra, so he determined to present away a complete season’s wage. That is a narrative from 2017.”
Lengthy initially donated his first six recreation checks to fund two scholarships for college kids in Charlottesville, Virginia shortly after the white supremacists assault. Lengthy, who grew up in Charlottesville, later introduced he would donate his following 10 recreation checks to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow marketing campaign to enhance equal training alternatives.
“I at all times thought possibly it will be cool to play totally free,” Lengthy informed the Philadelphia Inquirer in October. “I did. I assumed it will be a private take a look at to see if I am actually the man I would wish to be.”
Lengthy, who’s slated to earn a base wage of $1 million this season, will distribute the funds to instructional advocacy teams within the areas of the three NFL groups he is performed in: St. Louis, New England and Philadelphia.
Lengthy has been on the middle of social activism within the NFL. The 32-year-old lineman was the primary white participant to protest throughout the nationwide anthem when he positioned a hand on teammate Malcolm Jenkins’ shoulder whereas Jenkins raised a fist for racial inequality.
Lengthy has additionally been crucial of Donald Trump, refusing to go to the White Home whereas a member of the Tremendous Bowl-winning Patriots and later bashing the president for his “violence on many sides” remark relating to the Charlottesville assault.