ESPN college football announcer to refuse police security Saturday
After Wednesday’s news out of Louisville regarding the Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling, one veteran ESPN announcer says he won’t accept police security for his Saturday assignment.
Mark Jones is scheduled to call the Army vs. Cincinnati game for the World Wide Leader, along with Dusty Dvoracek and Quint Kessenich. The 58-year-old shared early Thursday morning his strong rejection of any police security.
“Saturday at my football game I’ll tell the police officer on duty to ‘protect’ me he can just take the day off,” Jones tweeted. “I’d rather not have the officer shoot me because he feared for his life because of my black skin or other dumb ish. I’m not signing my own death certificate.”
Earlier Wednesday, Jones tweeted his thoughts on police including hashtags #BreonnaTaylor and #Defund12.
“Police never saved me. Never helped me. Never protected me. Never taken a bullet for me,” Jones wrote.
“Never kept me safe in a protest. Never stopped the racist from taking my Black Lives Matter flag off my house. I could do without em.”
The game Jones is calling is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.