What they're Saying: Chris Smalling

“Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income. I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.”

-- Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on plans for a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England, beginning Friday morning, in a protest against racist abuse and racist messages on social media. FIFA came out in support of their decision to put pressure on social media companies to take stronger action against racism and won't post for a day. (AP)
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