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Saints' Benjamin Watson, Demario Davis visit New Orleans' criminal justice department with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spent the day on Tuesday with Saints players Benjamin Watson and Demario Davis, as well as lawyers from the New Orleans Public Defenders office, engaging with leaders of several local groups involved in criminal justice reform.

“I think it’s important, especially right now, to take a stand for what we believe in,” Davis told Sports Spectrum. “I believe in taking care of the poor and oppressed, as we are called to do by our Creator. When there is an opportunity to do so, I’m going to go towards it instead of turning away from it.”

Watson took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the visit:

“Learned a great deal today about the criminal justice system in New Orleans from those on the front lines and those directly affected. Inspired by their work and encouraged by the support of all those who took the time to attend.”

The Players Coalition is an independent nonprofit organization made up of 12 NFL players working to draw awareness to social justice and racial equality issues around the country. The meeting was part of the group’s “Listen and Learn Tour,” which has been ongoing over the last few months in various NFL cities.

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