Report: Lions' Boldin, Quin to head to Capitol Hill

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin has helped organize a Capitol Hill meeting for five NFL players to discuss police relations and race issues, according to an ESPN report.

Boldin will be joined by teammate Glover Quin, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. The group is scheduled to meet with representatives of Congress on Wednesday, as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus. They may also get time with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Anquan Boldin

Boldin, the NFL's current Walter Payton Man of the Year for his philanthropic work in multiple communities, told ESPN he wants to help "help close that gap" of distrust between police and African-American communities.

This season, athletes have been using the national anthem to protest the treatment of black people in the United States. It began with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Boldin's former teammate, and has spread across the NFL and other arenas as well, including NCAA football.