Ellis McKennie never thought of himself as an activist.
But the University of Maryland football player — who walked out of a meeting with his head coach in the aftermath of the death of his close friend Jordan McNair — told an Aspen Institute panel Monday that he now embraces that title and believes more student-athletes are beginning to speak out about social causes.
“I felt like I was standing up for my friend and doing right for his family, who deserved some kind of accountability for this loss of their son,” said McKennie, who grew up with McNair in Randallstown and helped recruit him to Maryland. “And I thought I was doing something on behalf of my teammates, who all...
San Francisco 49ers players take the field before the start of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans.