ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions security Tracy Walker III is getting ready for his very first preseason video game versus Atlanta on Friday, however understanding justice was served for his late cousin Ahmaud Arbery today was more crucial for his household.
Travis McMichael and his daddy, Greg McMichael — both white males — got 2nd life jail sentences Monday for dedicating a federal hate criminal activity in the shooting of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black male.
Arbery, who was Walker’s previous high school football colleague at Brunswick High School, was shot and eliminated while running in broad daytime in the Satilla Shores area, near Brunswick, Georgia, in February 2020.
“I’m definitely happy that his ass going to jail for life,” Walker stated following Wednesday’s practice. “Him pleading for his life, me personally, I’m not somebody to wish death on somebody but he should’ve thought about that before he killed my cousin, so at the end of the day, he’s getting what he deserves. So, good luck to him.
“We do not hear that part and now that we’re getting justice, I’m pleased with how the outcome wound up. The result was absolutely terrible, however the outcome after whatever and simply the trial and the entire 9, it was excellent to see so I’m really pleased with how things ended up.”
Walker has actually continued to honor Arbery’s tradition. He used a sticker label on his helmet, memorial Tee shirts and a set of personalized cleats including Arbery’s confront with the messages “#IRunWithMaud” and “Black Lives Matter,” on behalf of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign last season.
Walker said it was hard on the family as they waited on the verdict, but they feel better that the killers are behind bars.
“It drew, however we have actually got to manage what we can manage,” Walker said. “We might just continue to voice out, continue to promote it and do what we might do to manage our element of it, however we ain’t in there in the courtroom so from that element we have actually simply got to manage what we can manage.”