The tattoo includes images from the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements on his right leg, and it also shows signs that read “WE PROTEST SCHOOL SEGREGATION” and “SAY THEIR NAMES.”
Since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season, Stills has been vocal in his support of the fight against police brutality and racial injustice. Stills also has taken a knee during the national anthem.
On June 25, Stills participated in a social justice march for Breonna Taylor at the state capitol in Kentucky. In the lead-up to the protest, Stills offered to “pay for gas, rental cars, lodging, chartering buses ... whatever it takes” to get people there. He also attended George Floyd’s funeral in Houston on June 9.
Stills has also been active on Twitter, speaking out about police brutality, especially since Floyd’s death. He also tweeted, “Sports are a distraction from the movement.”
Sports are a distraction from the movement.— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) June 15, 2020
Earlier in the offseason, while addressing Floyd’s death and systemic racism, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he has “learned a lot over the last year of talking to Kenny Stills on why he takes a knee.”
“I think we all know why Kenny takes a knee and why Eric Reid takes a knee,” O’Brien said.