Houston Texans rookie quarterback CJ Stroud had a heartwarming message on his cleats during Sunday afternoon’s home game against the Denver Broncos.
Through the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” initiative, which allows players to break from normal team uniform rules and wear cleats that represent the causes they want to advocate, Stroud hints at prison reform. I had two pairs of cleats.
When he took to the field at Houston’s NRG Stadium for pregame warmups, he wore black and gold cleats emblazoned with a large hashtag that called for prison reform: #REFORM.
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The reason why Stroud chose to use them as cleats is because of the second pair of shoes he wore in the game. I saw “FREE POPS” next to it.
Coleridge Stroud III is currently serving a 38-year life sentence after pleading guilty to carjacking, kidnapping and robbery in a drug-related case in 2016, and has been in prison since his son was in middle school.He is currently serving his sentence at Folsom State Prison. Near Sacramento.
Texas’ CJ Stroud talks about prison reform while his father is incarcerated: “The criminal justice system is corrupt”
Stroud spoke about his father’s situation and the impact it had on him earlier this season.
“What I’ve always fought for is to continue to be a family man, to help out, and to continue to do my job while still being a football player,” Stroud said in early November. “It was very.”
While talking about his father, Stroud also spoke about prison reform.
“Our criminal justice system is not right. What he’s going through is not right and I probably need to be a little more vocal about that,” CJ Stroud said. “He called me this week and I was able to talk to him. I’m praying for this situation and for reform and the people working on reform are helping me a little bit.
“But I think this just brings awareness to the fact that it’s not just my father’s situation, but the whole criminal justice system is corrupt.”
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As part of his push to become more vocal this week, Stroud continued to use his shoes to share the message he wants the public to understand.