Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said on Thursday that he plans to invite more than a dozen police officers to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, whose starting quarterback will be Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has had a lot of controversy surrounding him over the past several months because of his refusal to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and the treatment of black people.
McCoy said that the idea to bring 15 to 20 police officers to the game wasn’t in direct response to Kaepernicks protest, but instead to show appreciation to police. McCoy said that he is unsure whether he will invite the police officers to the game this Sunday against the 49’ers or if he will bring them to the game against the New England Patriots on October 30.
“Just an appreciation type of thing,” McCoy said, the Associated Press reported. “Cause they’re taking so much heat right now. There’s things that are happening that’s definitely wrong but I just feel like there’s bad people, there’s bad cops and there’s good cops.”
McCoys planned the invitation through his foundation after he got into a fight with off-duty police officers outside a Philadelphia nightclub in February.
“I reached out to them,” McCoy said. “Like I said, it has nothing to do with Kap or the situation. I think that he might be doing the right thing because everybody’s opinion, there’s never a wrong opinion. I think he’s right for what he’s saying we need to do something about what’s going on because it is wrong. Then again, there’s good people and there’s bad people. There’s good cops and bad cops. So I’m just trying to show appreciation.”