A group of activist NFL players urged members of the public to vote in US midterm elections on Monday, describing the ballot as a chance to make a “moral statement” about the state of the nation.
In a joint letter released on The Players’ Tribune website, the players said recent deadly shootings reflected a national identity of “pain and despair, of confusion and anger.”
“We are fractured, we are hurting and too many are finding themselves as mourners,” the letter read. “But America’s true identity is one of greatness.
“On November 6, we can return to that place. We can raise our voice and remind our officials and each other that we are more than the hate we have seen.
“With our vote, we can say that we believe in and are committed to the happiness, the health and the lives of all Americans.”
The four signatories of the letter — Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelvin Beachum of the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman, and 10-year NFL veteran Matt Forte — are all members of the Players Coalition group.
The Players Coalition is a non-profit which seeks to impact social and racial inequality.
Although the letter did not urge voters to vote for candidates of a particular party, NFL players have been at loggerheads with US President Donald Trump over the past year.
Trump triggered protests across the NFL last season after describing players who kneeled during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial and social injustice as “sons of bitches” who should be fired.
White House turmoil as Trump aides Mnuchin and Navarro get in ‘knockdown, drag-out’ yelling match: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.
One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.
The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.
WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama
Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.
According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."
Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.
Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.