Skip to main content

Saints TE Benjamin Watson's post on unrest in Ferguson goes viral

  • Author:
  • Publish date:

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson shared his thoughts on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, in a 650-word Facebook post Tuesday. In the 20 hours since it was posted, Watson post has been "liked" over 400,000 times, shared more than 230,000 times and received over 35,000 comments. 

For the full post, click here

Watson was playing in New Orleans' game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night when St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, in August. 

Demonstrators gathered in the streets of Ferguson, where protests eventually turned violent. Cars and businesses were set on fire and police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse the crowds. 

Other athletes, including LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, took to social media on Monday to share their thoughts.

- Dan Gartland