Chris Long to fund scholarships in Charlottesville

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2017

So it shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise that Long made a decision to take action after one woman was killed and 19 others were injured in an act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville back in August.

Two Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia students will receive the scholarships, ESPN reported.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long won't be keeping his paychecks for a while.

He now plays for Philadelphia, where he's already notched a sack for his new team.

The socially-conscious Long has never been shy about not sticking to sports. "I don't tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics". That's the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political. This is right or wrong.

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"I don't know what it's like to be a minority and walk by those statues named after Confederate generals", Long said after practice last month.

Before the Eagles' next game, an exhibition against the Buffalo Bills on August 17, Long showed support for teammate Malcolm Jenkins' protest against social injustice by putting an arm around him while Jenkins raised his fist in the air during the national anthem.

"It's just telling Malcolm, 'I am here for you", Long told ESPN after the show of support. "And if you don't see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don't think you'll ever see it".

"I haven't seen statistics, but I'd be willing to be the vast majority of those people voicing those white supremacist sentiments are from out of town". In the statement accompanying the announcement, Long doubled down on his feelings towards the protesters.

"We want these scholarships to be reflective of what the C'ville community is really about, supporting one another, social equality and building up those in our community who need it", Long said in the release Monday. "(My wife) Megan and I chose to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community".

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