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Corey Jones was driving home 13 months ago after a gig with his church band when his SUV broke down on a South Florida highway at nearly 2 a. Ian McCoshen Panthers Jersey.m. Roughly 90 minutes later Jones was on the phone with roadside assistance when a white cargo van pulled up in the dim light. A man wearing blue jeans, sneakers, a tan T-shirt and a baseball cap got out.You good? the man asked.Im good, Jones answered.Really?Yeah, Im good, Jones repeated.Really?Yeah.The next sound on an audio recording of the phone call was the man shouting: Get your f---ing hands up! Get your f---ing hands up!Hold on! Jones said.Get your f---ing hands up! Drop! the man yelled before firing three gunshots within two seconds.According to a report filed by the state attorneys office, the man fired three more shots 10 seconds later -- only more deliberately -- with one shot every three seconds.Jones, 31, died on the side of that highway after being struck by three of the six bullets. His death sparked local protests because the man who allegedly shot him, Nouman Raja, was a plainclothes Palm Beach Gardens police officer who failed to show a badge or identify himself as an officer. Raja was driving an unmarked van.Raja was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder eight months later, but to date there has been no trial and no closure for Jones family, which includes cousin Anquan Boldin, a receiver with the Detroit Lions. Boldin would like answers for not only his family, but all families who have experienced such a tragedy. Its one reason he and four other NFL players have traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for meetings with a handful of congressmen, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.No. 1, you want to hear that they hear you, Boldin told ESPN.com. You want to make sure they understand the things that we, as an African-American community, are going through. I dont think our community feels that way right now, especially when it comes to law enforcement and the way were being policed. Our neighborhoods are feeling hurt. No. 2, you want to see changes in policy, in terms of how we train our police officers. And lastly, you want to see accountability -- that justice will be served for all -- to make sure that the relationship between the African-American community and police can be better. Theres work to be done on both sides because theres a huge mistrust there. I want to help close that gap.Boldin, the NFLs Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015 for his production on the field and his community work off it, began contemplating the trip well before August, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting police brutality against people of color by sitting and subsequently kneeling, during the national anthem.Boldin reached out to Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Lions safety Glover Quin?and quarterback Josh McCown and wideout Andrew Hawkins?of the Cleveland Browns?-- all guys who are well respected in the league and who have the same goal in mind as myself ?-- to join him. Each said yes. Boldin did not reach out to Kaepernick because, he said, it would have been tough logistically for Kaepernick to make the trip from the West Coast. Also, Boldin didnt want the meetings to draw attention that could negatively impact their desire to make positive change.For some players like Hawkins, the issue is deeply personal. He thinks back to the November day two years ago when 12-year-old Tamir Rice -- who was black -- was shot to death by a police officer while playing with a toy gun on a Cleveland playground. Hawkins reflects on how he couldve been Rice a decade earlier had his mother allowed him to play with the toy gun he had gotten from a church giveaway for kids.I thought the gun was the coolest thing ever, and my mom took it away, he said. I asked why, and she said, Someone is going to think its real and shoot you. I didnt understand it because all of my friends -- I went to a predominantly white elementary school, Catholic school -- they all had BB guns and would play with them all the time. I always thought it was so cool, but my mom would tell me, You dont have that luxury. I didnt understand it as a kid, but I do now. I have a son of my own.His mothers words came rushing back to him when Rice was killed, just as they did three months earlier when John Crawford, a 22-year-old black male, was fatally shot by police while holding a toy BB gun rifle inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Those killings prompted Hawkins to wear a T-shirt that read Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford on the front and The Real Battle for Ohio on the back before a December 2014 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.It created a lot of controversy at the time, but its something that was important to me then, and its important to me now, Hawkins said. To be honest, it was probably the proudest moment that Ive had as a professional athlete. ... We have a lot of power because were visible, and there was a sense of responsibility that I felt I had because Im in a sport where I might be the only person of color to get the opportunity to be on TV and articulate how a lot of people of color feel about the situation. Thats not a responsibility I take lightly, so it was important for me.What does he hope to accomplish Tuesday?Im not a lawmaker, and I dont come from a background of politics, Hawkins said. My expertise is in the communities that I grew up in, the people that I know, the firsthand encounters that Ive had. Im just curious to hear what our congressmen have to say, as people who are in charge of government and who have that responsibility and power. I want to get the other side of it. Going forward, this is more of a baseline than anything. Were probably not having extensive meetings and sitting there and loosening our ties and really getting down to business, so I dont know how much can be accomplished or how much can be said. But its a first step and an important step because you cant get to the next one without this one.The players are scheduled to visit with Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), as well as with members of the congressional black caucus. The meetings were arranged by Andrew Blejwas, an associate director of marketing for the nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, who since 2012 has been advising players like Boldin on how they can maximize their off-field work. The NFL Players Association also worked to arrange possible meetings with Speaker Ryan and some White House staff.No one is sure what will come of the sessions, but the players are firm that theyd like to walk away with something tangible, even if its an agreement to meet again for more discussions on what actions can be taken to address the issues. While Boldin and others want to be heard, McCown wants to listen.I dont believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because its different, McCown said. For me, first and foremost, I want to be able to acknowledge that and say that our stories are different and our histories are different, but lets just try to be a part of making it better moving forward. Thats been my resolve -- starting in my family first, and in my circle -- to be able to go, Im going to listen better and be better and be on the side of good and good things to move forward. But what does that look like? To me, it looks like justice and standing with your friends for whats right. So many times in this situation it feels like you cant be for law enforcement and for Black Lives Matter. Theres such a stark line that you have to be on one side or the other. Im trying to process that and understand. Why cant you be for both? I want the message to be that we can be for both. I dont know if thats possible, but thats where my heart is.McCown said he began to understand the issue?after police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He said he began to read and listen more intently to what was going on around the country. The stories resonated even more during offseason bible-study meetings each Thursday with former and active players. Many of the participants were black and shared personal stories of how they or family members had been mistreated by law enforcement.Youre listening to what theyve gone through, and I call it a weighted vest, McCown said. That probably doesnt do it justice, but I was like, Man, they do live with a weighted vest on. Its not the same race we [whites] are running here. It began to change my perspective.Boldins goal is to raise awareness and create positive change. His commitment is even stronger following the contentious presidential election.It makes me even more passionate because I see a country thats hurting, Boldin said. I see so much divide, to the point that I dont think weve ever been at this point in my lifetime. Has there always been racism? Of course. Has police brutality always been there? Of course. You name it, and its been there. But at this point, it just seems to be so brazen.When you hear about the things that are happening on college campuses, high school campuses, even elementary school campuses, its mind-blowing. This is the type of stuff I didnt have growing up, where you have young kids just being blatantly racist. Theres a huge divide in our country now, and if we dont find a way to heal it, things are only going to get worse. I dont want to bring my kids up in a country like that. I dont think any of us do. Weve got to do some work. And we cant leave it to politicians and the government alone. We have to make a difference. If we dont, were doomed. Keith Yandle Jersey. Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Colton Sceviour Panthers Jersey.Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. http://www.hockeypanthersofficialonline.com/vincent-trocheck-hockey-jersey/.C. -- Rodney Hood connected from all over the court while freshman Jabari Parker was busy swatting shots and scoring in transition. MINNEAPOLIS -- Cool as their unflappable head coach, Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics never got down even as their deficit ballooned against the young and athletic Minnesota Timberwolves.When the Celtics finally got going, the Wolves tensed up once again and let another big lead get away.Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and Boston rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Timberwolves 99-93 on Monday night.Al Horford added 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, who trailed 81-68 after three. Boston opened the fourth on a 17-0 run to take the lead and held on down the stretch for its second straight win.I think give us credit for playing a little harder than them and making them think a little more and getting them uncomfortable, Thomas said.Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Gorgui Dieng added 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Andrew Wiggins was just 5 for 18 and Minnesota scored three points in the first 9 minutes of the fourth.We laid a damn egg, said Zach LaVine, who was 4 of 12 from the field and 0 for 7 on 3-pointers.Terry Rozier added a career-high 12 points off the bench and keyed the Celtics surge in the first 6 minutes of the fourth.The Timberwolves have normally reserved their meltdowns this season for the third quarter, when they have the NBAs worst point differential. But they won that period 29-26 on Monday night, just the second time this season they have outscored their opponent in the third.Jonas Jerebko and Rozier opened the fourth with 3-pointers, and Rozier added another long ball and a steal and dunk to push the Celtics in front.Towns was the only player who scored for the Wolves in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter, converting a three-point play with 5:18 to go for their first bucket and hitting a 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining.Boston outscored Minnesota 31-12 in the fourth as the Timberwolves shot 5 for 25.They were definitely pressing, Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. Guys were into guys, we were making everything hard. You could definitely tell they were pressingg to find a great shot. Keith Yandle Panthers Jersey. The Wolves outscored Boston 58-34 in the paint and outrebounded the Celtics 51-39, including 16-6 on the offensive glass. But Minnesota missed eight free throws.I think we have to play tougher with a lead, coach Tom Thibodeau said. And the big thing for us is to improve and learn.TIP-INSCeltics: Horford also had three blocks and reached 20 points for the first time with the Celtics. ... Boston was issued a rare delay of game warning coming out of a timeout late in the third quarter. ... Jerebko was a plus-20 in under 19 minutes.Timberwolves: Minnesota entered the game leading the NBA in 3-point shooting, but was 4 for 24. ... Towns has blocked a shot in 20 straight games. ... F Brandon Rush was active after missing the previous seven games with a sore big toe on his right foot. He played 2 minutes in the fourth quarter.TEMPERS FLAREOne of the biggest guys on the court and the smallest got into it in the third quarter when the 6-foot-11, 240-pound Dieng leveled the 5-9, 185-pound Thomas with a screen. Dieng was called for an offensive foul because he was moving while he set the screen, and Thomas took exception. The All-Star guard got up and shoved Dieng, and the two exchanged words while being separated by teammates.It was the heat of the battle, Thomas said. We talked about it after, and he loves my game, I love his, so were good.CROWDER AILINGJae Crowder missed eight games with a sprained left ankle before returning on Saturday against Detroit. He made life difficult on Wiggins, who was 0 for 5 from 3-point range. But Crowder had to leave the game in the third quarter because of soreness in that left ankle and did not return.Hopefully hell be OK, Stevens said.UP NEXTCeltics: Boston wraps up a three-game road trip in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.Timberwolves: Minnesota starts a three-game trip with a game at New Orleans on Wednesday night in which Towns will face fellow Kentucky big man Anthony Davis. ' ' ' 

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