More than most, Kenny Britt can relate to the drama unfolding just a few miles from Rams Park in Ferguson.
The St. Louis wide receiver and former 2009 first-round draft pick feels strongly that the trouble in Ferguson, scene of so much unrest following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, is not so much a race issue as it is one of power.
“I can identify 100 percent with what they’re going through,” Britt said of Ferguson residents.
Britt has had numerous brushes with the law, making the news for the wrong reasons three straight years earlier in his career when he was with the Titans. In 2013, he was questioned by police when a close friend was involved in a stabbing, a year after being cited for resisting arrest and then suspended for the opener after a DUI arrest. In 2011, he was arrested in New Jersey following a car chase with police
Britt, other members of the Rams and players for baseball’s Cardinals are all playing or living within only a few miles of Ferguson. To a man, those willing to discuss the incident with The Associated Press were careful with their opinions about the rioting and looting since Michael Brown was shot to death August 9th.