LANDOVER, Md. - Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson plans to make a big statement when he hits the field for sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. TMZ was the first to report Saturday that Jackson plans to wear custom cleats in protests of the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.
Jackson commissioned artist Marcus Rivero, the man behind SolesBySir, to create the custom cleats, which are covered in yellow caution tape. FOX 5's Brody Logan reached out to Rivero, who said Jackson's goal is raise awareness in a way that stands on its own.
“He wanted something that just caused awareness," Rivero told FOX 5 Saturday evening. "And we both thought with all the killings, there's one constant thing that physically you would see at all crime scenes: caution. He didn't want to group all cops as corrupt or racist or do Black Lives Matter. He wants it to stand alone.”
Rivero posted a picture of the cleats from TMZ's article on his Instagram page Saturday night, writing, "When @0ne0fone had an idea and a black pair of cleats..... I had a vision and just started painting. This was the result."
TMZ reports Jackson wants to start his own movement, telling the website, "I am also coming up with a master plan to start a movement" with the intention of making a real impact. TMZ says Jackson told them he doesn't just want justice, but also "a change with the decision making on these cop killings."
According to TMZ, Jackson plans to wear them during pregame warmups on Sunday, and maybe during the game.