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Chargers DE Isaac Rochell Details Racial Profiling in His Apartment Complex

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 6, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20:  Isaac Rochell #98 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Chargers 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell said Saturday that he was racially profiled at his apartment complex in Huntington Beach, California.

Rochell tweeted that he was "asked IN MY OWN APARTMENT COMPLEX if I am a resident" and if he was a "looter":

Isaac Christopher Rochell @Isaacrochell90

I just got asked IN MY OWN APARTMENT COMPLEX if I am a resident, what my unit number is, and if I’m a looter. Being black shouldn’t be an accusation. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE ARE PROTESTING AND ASKING FOR CHANGE.

Los Angeles has been among the many cities throughout the United States and the world where people have protested after George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers May 25.

A number of Rochell's fellow NFL players put together a video this week asking the NFL to condemn the "systematic oppression of black people" and say without qualification that "we, the National Football League, believe black lives matter":

Michael Thomas @Cantguardmike

“A message on behalf of the nfl” https://t.co/iilDpnZfyV

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a response Friday, answering the players' request and acknowledging wrongdoing "for not listening to NFL players earlier":

NFL @NFL

We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange https://t.co/ENWQP8A0sv

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that he joined the protests in the city and hopes for substantial change: "How do we effect that type of change? Where's the accountability for that kind of [expletive]? That's where I'm at right now. I'm angry, I'm pissed off and I don't want to just put out a pretty statement."

Rochell has spent his entire three-year career with the Chargers. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the organization out of Notre Dame in 2017.

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