When the Dodgers signed Mookie Betts to a 12-year extension, they knew they were signing him for so much more than his on-field talent. Betts continues to lead in every facet of the word, both in the dugout and in the public eye.
Betts was one of the main reasons that the Dodgers chose to sit out a game against the Giants in August. That game was in protest of the shooting of a man in Kenosha by police officers, all while the debate of police brutality and systemic racism rages on in the country.
This week, two LA County Deputies were ambushed int heir vehicles by an unknown gunman. The assailant shot the deputies, both of whom were sitting in their police cruisers. The Dodgers outfielder decided to speak up on the incident, condemning the violence inflicted.
I'm angered and disappointed by the ambush of the two LA deputies in Compton. My prayers are with both deputies. #JusticeForAll
— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) September 17, 2020
Whatever your beliefs and experiences might be, violence of this magnitude is always something that is difficult to witness. The Dodgers star certainly understands the context of what is going on in the world and chose to make sure that his opinions were clear. No one person deserves to be the judge, jury, and executioner of another.
Please, be kind to one another.