NFL Players Speak Out on The Need to Carry for Self Defense

One day after Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff spoke out publicly about his arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and for having hollow point bullets, marijuana possession, a DUI, speeding and obstructed view for tinted windows in New Jersey, some of his teammates also spoke out about the need to carry guns.

“Just us having and being able to get the money that we get,” Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin said Thursday. “You know what I’m saying? On a week-to-week basis, and when somebody Googles your name, they see how much you’re worth. Of course, when people don’t have that much, people may see you as a target and may want to come after you, or whatnot. That’s why some guys have guns.

“Some guys have families. Some guys have kids. They have wives and stuff that you have to protect. What more, besides having some protection in the house or whatnot. Sometimes the police may not arrive on time or things like that. I guess that’s why guys carry guns,” McKelvin said.

“I’m not surprised at all,” one Eagles player said, who requested to remain anonymous due to the sensitive subject. “I have two guns. I have a family at home to protect.”

“I’m not going to bring a gun on the [Eagles’] premises,” Huff told reporters on Thursday. “I’m not going to bring a gun and put my teammates life in jeopardy or anything. That’s not me. It is solely for protection.”

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday morning they had cut Huff from the team.