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New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton calls for change with poignant message

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The United States is currently in the midst of one of its darkest times in modern history. A pandemic that has killed mover than 100,000 people in this nation. New racial-based tensions following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

The backdrop here is a sports world that remains on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a sports world that has also used its platform to help inspire change.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is the latest example of this. He took to social media on Tuesday with a clear message demanding change. The post depicted two of the many African-American men who have fallen victim to police violence in recent years. The message? “22 weeks from today for change.”

You can do the math yourself. There’s a certain big event happening in the United States in 22 weeks or so.

Payton also has first-hand experience as it relates to the ongoing pandemic. He tested positive for COVID-19 back in the spring.

As it relates to the racial issues plaguing the United States today, Payton’s adopted hometown of New Orleans was at the center of it all on the heels of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. He’s a powerful figure within the community and is now using his platform to help create change.