On the same day the Carolina Panthers called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from its Statehouse, quarterback Cam Newton visited families of the victims of last week’s church shootings in Charleston.
Rashard Alston, a linebacker at Newberry College, posted a photo to his Instagram account that showed him with Newton and Chris Singleton. Singleton, who plays baseball at Charleston Southern, lost his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, when she and eight others were shot to death during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“I just want to take the time to thank @cameron1newton for reaching out to me and coming to visit my brother!” Alston wrote on Instagram. “This guy is a class act and extremely down to earth. You are truly appreciated!”
Newton also visited with the family of Tywanza Sanders, who also died in Wednesday’s church shooting.
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Last week, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the victims’ families.
From Richardson’s letter:
In honor of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, The Reverend Daniel L. Simmons Sr., and Myra Thompson, please accept the enclosed check from the Carolina Panthers in the amount of $100,000 to provide $10,000 per family to help defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each, and $10,000 for the church as a memorial honoring the victims.
Our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals.
Also on Monday, several NFL players, including Byron Maxwell, Calvin Johnson and Ben Watson spoke out against the tragedy and also called for the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Statehouse.
* via BlackandBlueReview.com