Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero
Here are the T-shirts — designed by #Texans safety Michael Thomas, and sent by the NFLPA to every player league-wide — that you’ll see during pregame warmups, starting tonight in Kansas City. The front reads: “INJUSTICE AGAINST ONE OF US IS INJUSTICE AGAINST ALL OF US.” https://t.co/bkeo7mAkXm
"It's a message of unity while speaking directly to what we're fighting for in this movement," Thomas said of the purpose behind the shirts, per The Undefeated's Jerry Bembry.
Thomas is a vice president for the NFL Players Association. Bembry reported NFLPA senior manager Dior Ginyard had the organization reach out to Thomas and Texans teammate Kenny Stills about working on a social justice-themed shirt since Thomas has his own T-shirt company.
Thomas told Bembry he was inspired to join Colin Kaepernick's protest movement in 2016 after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback explained he wanted to raise awareness of police brutality and systemic racism.
Thomas likewise felt compelled to take a knee during the anthem despite how it might adversely affect his NFL career.
"My wife is my backbone, and she said, 'I'm here with you, and if that's how you feel, you need to take a knee,'" he said to Bembry. "For me and Kenny, we knew we were taking a knee for the right thing and we wanted to be on the right side of history."
The shirts will be another way to convey the message behind Kaepernick's protests.