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Colts GM Ballard: 'You gotta have empathy for human life, we're all the same'

In the days since George Floyd's death, we've heard countless voices speaking up, calling for racial equality and an end to oppression.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - In the days since George Floyd's death, we've heard countless voices speaking up, calling for racial equality and an end to oppression.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard lent his voice to the cause, saying its time for all of us to step up and get involved.

"This is about humanity. This is about human lives we're talking about here. How can you... you gotta have empathy for human life. We're all the same," Ballard said.

"I was explaining to my kids. They didn't understand the protests and the violence. I explained to them, people are trying to peacefully protest, but they're screaming and yelling for help. Like, I didn't agree with the violence. But I understood it. They're screaming for help. Look at the signs, 'I can't breathe, stop killing black people.' They're screaming for help and it's our job to help. If you've got any decency in you, you gotta want to help. And that's our duty. That's what this country's about. That's what this country was built upon," he said.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well, that ain't happening right now. That's not happening. We can sit here and say 'oh its --' no, it's not. It's not. How does the black community feel when they see George Floyd with a knee on his throat and dying because of it? Then, to have three people watch it. Three other people watch it and not do anything! That's what we're doing right now as a country. We're watching it and we're not doing anything about it," Ballard continued.

"You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem. And for us to sit here and remain silent, you're part of the problem. I want to do my part. I know we can't fix this overnight. I know it's gonna take time. But I wanna do my part," said Ballard.