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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton wore a MLK t-shirt in response to the unrest in Charlotte

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a statement about the unrest in Charlotte before Sunday's game by wearing a black t-shirt with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on the back. 

The quote read: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." 

Newton, who isn't typically one to voice his opinion on controversial issues, also spent the majority of Wednesday's news conference addressing the shooting in Charlotte, according to ESPN.

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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton warms up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. 

Prior reports suggested there may be protests ahead of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, but that rally has yet to materialize outside the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, there was a peaceful protest. 

According to ESPN, on Wednesday Newton said he wasn't  "happy how the justice has been dealt with over the years."

Newton added that Tuesday night's shooting in Charlotte could have happened anywhere.

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"It could have happened in Atlanta. It could have happened in Los Angeles. It doesn't matter," Newton said in a news conference. "It's embarrassing for things to keep happening, and from what I do know, we had an incident that happened in 2013 that had something to do with the police, and it went to jury and whatever, it got washed away in time."

That incident Newton referred to was the 2013 fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell was shot 10 times by Charlotte officer Randall Kerrick. 

Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter and a judge declared his case a mistrial after a jury couldn't reach a verdict.

"My big thing is holding people accountable, no matter what the race, no matter what the gender is, no matter what the age is," Newton added. "We all have to hold each other accountable. And that is the world we are living in."


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