Chris Long was raised in the Charlottesville, Va., area. He went to the University of Virginia, and he still calls the city home.
Now the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, who won a Super Bowl ring this year with the New England Patriots, is seeing his city in the news and on social media. It’s not fitting, he says.
Charlottesville became the focal point of the weekend’s white nationalist rally because the city council voted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. This is not the first time white nationalists have used Charlottesville as a rallying point, as USA TODAY’s Nick Penzenstadler and Sarah Toy explained.
But Long wants everyone to know that shouldn’t reflect on the residents or the city.
Long was not alone among former Virginia Cavaliers stars bemoaning the rally.
In addition to Penzenstadler and Toy’s explanation of Charlottesville’s role in this mess, head to USA TODAY News for more thorough coverage of the rally, the counter-protest and the violence that has emerged.