Seth Joyner Blunt, Forthright On State Of Civil Unrest

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George Floyd’s senseless killing one week ago has caused a firestorm and triggered violent and destructive outbreaks throughout the country.

For Super Bowl Champion linebacker and former Arizona Cardinal standout Seth Joyner, he believes progress can only be achieved if open dialogue amongst all parties is initiated. 

“These conversations are necessary,” Joyner said in a Skype interview Monday morning with’s Brad Cesmat. “They don’t want to talk about religion. They don’t want to talk about politics and they don’t want to talk about sex. In my opinion, you can add race to that, as well.”

Joyner, a Valley resident who also does analyst work for the Philadelphia Eagles, believes without conversation, there is no resolution and that’s part of the issue that we’re all encountering today.

He said one of the most important things he did since the killing is taken the proper time to reflect on the entire situation through his faith without jumping to any conclusions or speaking out prematurely.

When Joyner did decide to speak, his words have been powerful.

“In some ways I feel like this country is at civil war from within,” he explained to Cesmat. “There are some things going on that the natural eye cannot see and that we don’t understand. When we’re driven by emotion and we’re driven by anger – we’re blind and our hearing is dull…until we bring that back to center…the circumstances and how they are are going to continue.”

Joyner believes we are “destroying ourselves from within” and believes not only sports, but the athletes themselves can express their viewpoints in a positive way if some of the major networks would be more proactive and give them that platform to help further educate young people, most specifically. 

“Every facet of life affects me,” Joyner said. “Whether it’s politics, whether it’s racism – no matter what it is, it affects me. So I’m not going to sit still and I’m not going to sit back and be quiet and just play ball – because I’ve got an opinion.” 

He also feels, we as Americans, are slowly losing our freedom within this country and the situation will likely get worse before it gets better.

“Systematically, our freedoms and our abilities to do things and enjoy The Constitution that gives us those freedoms are slowly but surely being snatched away from us,” Joyner continued. “Because we’re so angry and so emotional about everything that’s going on, we can’t even see it. I just don’t know how we move past this unless people become level-headed in their thinking and bring their emotions down.”