Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills is among 87 people facing felony charges after being arrested at a protest in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday evening. Stills has been one of the more vocal NFL players promoting peaceful protests, and the wideout marched alongside a sizable group to voice concern in the ongoing Breonna Taylor case.
Stills is part of a social justice organization, a group called Until Freedom. The group peacefully marched to the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cameron has stated repeatedly that there is no timetable for a conclusion of the Breonna Taylor case, which, outside of Minneapolis’ George Floyd, is one of the most prominent cases that has not yet received justice.
A local Louisville news organization stated the following:
Stills was charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, a felony, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass … Stills’ charges mirror those that 86 other protesters who were arrested Tuesday are facing … Those protesters stood and chanted on Cameron’s lawn, and “at (Cameron’s) request, they were dismissed from the property,” LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington said in a statement Tuesday evening. All were given the opportunity to leave before being arrested, Washington added.
During his time in the NFL, Stills has become one of the most active players fighting for social injustice. While with the Dolphins, he was one of the first players to kneel during the national anthem, following former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Houston Texans as an organization have been very vocal and supportive of on the field and off the field issues. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has stated that he plans to kneel alongside protesting players on his team during the 2020-21 season.