Calkins: Times they are a-changin', as the NFL throws its support behind Just City

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 08, 2021 8:07 AM CT | Published: January 08, 2021 8:07 AM CT
<strong>Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City, heads to the city jail to post five bonds on March 22, 2020. On Friday, Jan. 8, the NFL&nbsp;announced that Just City would be the recipient of a $200,000 grant as part of its Inspire Change initiative. &ldquo;... the fact that the NFL and its players think this is important is gratifying,&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Spickler said.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City, heads to the city jail to post five bonds on March 22, 2020. On Friday, Jan. 8, the NFL announced that Just City would be the recipient of a $200,000 grant as part of its Inspire Change initiative. “... the fact that the NFL and its players think this is important is gratifying,” Spickler said. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

Geoff Calkins
Daily Memphian

Geoff Calkins

Geoff Calkins has been chronicling Memphis and Memphis sports for more than two decades. He is host of "The Geoff Calkins Show" from 9-11 a.m. M-F on 92.9 FM. Calkins has been named the best sports columnist in the country five times by the Associated Press sports editors, but still figures his best columns are about the people who make Memphis what it is.

The NFL has granted $200,000 to Just City as part of the league’s social justice initiative. The money is important – but so is the message the money sends.

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NFL NFL social justice Colin Kaepernick Just City criminal justice reform Josh Spickler Geoff Calkins

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