Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says people are still missing the point of the protests by Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players in the aftermath of police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick provoked widespread debate by remaining seated for the United States national anthem before a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers last month as a form of protest against oppression "of black people and people of colour".
Kaepernick since knelt for the anthem, with a number of NFL players doing the same or choosing to raise their fists, while the Seahawks locked arms in a show of unity prior to their season opener with the Miami Dolphins.
The Seahawks face the 49ers on Sunday but Sherman refused to take questions in his media conference on Wednesday, instead using his platform to voice his disgust following the recent shootings.
"You have players that are trying to take a stand and try to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase people's awareness and put a spotlight on it, and they're being ignored," Sherman said.
"Whether they're taking a knee or whether they're locking arms, they're trying to bring people together and try to unite them for a cause.
"And I think the last couple days, a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed. And I think people are still missing the point.
"The reason these guys are kneeling - the reason we're locking arms - is to bring people together, to make people aware that this is not right. It's not right for people to get killed in the street.
"I do a lot of community service. I go out there and try to help kids and try to encourage them to be better and to aspire to more. When you tell a kid, 'when you're dealing with police, just put your hands up and comply with everything,' and there's still a chance of them getting shot, and no repercussions for anyone, that's an unfortunate time to be living.
"That's an unfortunate place to be in. There's not a lot you can tell a kid. There's not a lot you can try to inspire. We need black fathers to stay in the community, to be there for your kids, but they're getting killed in the streets for nothing, for putting their hands on their cars.
"That's an unfortunate place that we're living in and something needs to be done. And so when a guy takes a knee, you can ignore it. You can say, 'he's not being patriotic. He's not honouring the flag.' I'm doing none of those things. I'm saying it straight up. This is wrong and we need to do something."