NFL Honors Criminal Dreasjon Reed Who Shot At Police, Wants You To 'Say His Name'

The NFL continued its season-long "Inspire Change" campaign on Wednesday by honoring none other than Dreasjon Reed, a man who was shot and killed by Indianapolis police in May after he shot at an officer during a foot chase. He led cops in a pursuit through the city and streamed the whole thing on Facebook Live.

"I'm not going to jail today. No sir," Reed says on the Facebook Live video.

The NFL says Dreasjon, who police say pulled two drive-by shootings with the gun he used to shoot at cops, is one of 87 "victims of systemic racism, victims of police misconduct, and social justice heroes who will be honored with helmet decals worn by players."

A grand jury decided in November not to charge Officer Dejoure Mercer with a crime in the case.

This isn't the first time the NFL's "Inspire Change" campaign, which wants you to say Reed's name, has chosen to honor a questionable "victim" of systemic racism or police misconduct. You might remember earlier this fall when the league's social media department chose to honor Althea Bernstein, the Wisconsin woman who claimed she was attacked with lighter fluid and set on fire.

The Department of Justice couldn't find a single scrap of evidence that Bernstein was attacked, and her team of lawyers quickly asked for privacy after the DOJ's findings. That didn't stop the NFL from promoting her case.

And now here we are with the NFL asking fans to honor Reed, who stole the gun he used that day from a Texas pawn shop. “We have the still images from their surveillance video of him taking the gun,” an investigator said. Reed had three outstanding warrants at the time of his death, including felony intimidation and two for the stolen gun.

While all of this information has been available to the NFL's social media team, they still ask us to say Reed's name.

It's an interesting strategy from a league that has yet to mention a single nurse, police officer, fireman, doctor, respiratory therapist, restaurant owner or bar owner on its Instagram page. Not one. No benefit to help bar owners who have been the backbone of the NFL for decades. No tributes to nurses battling COVID or nurses battling to stay alive after getting COVID while at work.

Instead, the NFL has chosen to use its power to honor a thug criminal who was a drag on society. It's disgusting.

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Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America. Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league. Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.