NBA and NFL stars use their influence to pressure Oklahoma to move between Julius Jones

NBA and NFL stars use their influence to pressure Oklahoma to move between Julius Jones


NBA and NFL players used their platform to pressure Oklahoma Governor Kevin State to commute Julius Jones’ sentence hours before his execution.

Athletes’ activity has seen a slight rise in recent years, with countless athletes sharing their views directly with fans.

Professional athletes have platforms like no other, where the champions of millions of loving sports fans can use their power and influence to bring about change and influence policy.

Today, that power is seen in effect as Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma grants clemency to Julius Jones. Jones, who was convicted of murder in a case filled with questionable evidence and racial bias, was scheduled to be executed by the state of Oklahoma at 4 p.m.

Hours before Jones’ scheduled execution, State responded to massive political pressure to stop the execution, some of which came from athletes, coaches and others in the American sports world.

Pressure from defenders in the NFL and NBA influences Governor Stitt to commute Julius Jones’ sentence

On November 17, Baker Mayfield drew attention to the issue as Jones’ execution date approached. Mayfield, who won a quarterback as the famous University of Oklahoma quarterback, has long been a defender of Jones’ innocence.

“This is not an easy thing to talk about,” Mayfield told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve been trying to communicate the facts and state the truth for a while, but it’s hard to think of. I’ve tried and I’ve tried. It’s a shame he’s come this far; we’re only 24 hours away.”

“I hope God will step in,” Mayfield said.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has joined forces in supporting the cause by sharing a minute-long video about the Julius Jones case. Prior to the video, Kerr had not tweeted since March of this year, making it clear how important it is to use his platform and give his voice to support him.

“Here we are, hours away from executing an innocent man, so I wanted to make this video,” Kerr said after explaining the details of the situation. Kerr asked followers to spread the word to save Jones’ life.

“Do it for Julius, do it for his family, do it for our country, because this cannot happen in a civilized country, and we have to prevent this from happening,” Kerr said.

While Jones’ life was saved, Governor Stitt still prevented Jones from commuting his entire sentence.

Emmanuel Aku, a former NFL player who now works as an analyst for FS1, spoke about how much remains to be done to redress injustices in the American justice system.

Sports Illustrated’s on-air host Ashley Nicole Moss agreed, saying that “a life sentence for an innocent man is unacceptable.”

Nicole Lane, an agent for Klutch Sports NFL, is one of many in the sports world who celebrated the Jones news.

Oklahoma’s linebacker Sooner Isaiah Thomas, a native of Tulsa, urged the governor to act on Wednesday.

Besides sports, Kim Kardashian, who has been one of the most prominent celebrity supporters who defended Jones, thanked the governor of Oklahoma for saving his life.

As some of the biggest names in sports and the media continue to use their voices to advance justice for Jones, the day was a victory for Mayfield, Kerr and millions of others who urged Governor State to move on to Julius Jones.



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