Different teams were forced to discuss different off-the-field issues this week at SEC Media Days.
For Mississippi State, it was domestic violence. For Ole Miss, it was NCAA violations and investigations.
For the LSU Tigers, it was the unrest currently going on in the Capital City.
Coach Les Miles spoke of the divide among people in Baton Rouge and the country when he took the podium Thursday.
His observation is that change is necessary from every single American.
"You can make a generalization that you'd like to see change, you'd like to see compassion, and you'd like to see respect for life," Miles said.
Miles has had his team discussing the issues, working on solutions and solidarity.
"Coach Miles wanted us to get everything off our chest. He just wanted everybody to be team and stay a team and be on one accord," said senior defensive back Tre'Davious White.
White said that the shooting was a "horrible situation" and that it was hard for him to watch what happened. He added that every player on the team "feels the same way" and are together as a group when it comes to recent events.
Miles said that he is doing his best so his team can do its part to help heal the community.
"The real agents for change are the three guys that I brought with me today. They are the guys who are gonna help in change," Miles said. "You know the old coach, they're not gonna watch him so much. They gonna look at that young player, there gonna want him to be somebody that is a role model that can put and point to, and I think they can have great impact as role models."
"I feel like our calling as LSU athletes and as a football team as a whole, I feel like if we win games, then it'll bring the community together."
Heisman Trophy candidate junior running back Leonard Fournette also expressed his thoughts on the recent events as he recently wore an Alton Sterling t-shirt.
Fournette said the statement he was trying to make with the shirt was "that a change needs to be made."
"As one of the major athletes in Louisiana, I feel like I have a voice. Just want a change to come not just in Baton Rouge but around the world," he added.
Fournette said he can be amazed by how powerful his voice is. He added that he doesn't realize it sometimes.
"It's a blessing from God each and every day for giving me that opportunity."
"It's a horrible situation. It's sad you know. One thing we can do as football players is play for our community. You know try to bring everyone together and just pray to God," said senior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
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