Fact Check: NFL Did NOT Honor An Organization That Yelled 'Hope They Die' Outside Hospital Where Wounded Deputies Were Being Treated

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: NFL Did NOT Honor An Organization That Yelled 'Hope They Die' Outside Hospital Where Wounded Deputies Were Being Treated No NFL Support

Did the NFL (National Football League) honor an organization that yelled "hope they die" outside of a hospital where two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were being treated after they were shot in an ambush? No, that's not true: The approximately five protesters who confronted deputies outside of a Los Angeles hospital identified themselves as part of the Africa Town Coalition, a group that has conducted protests and boycotts in the Compton community. At least one of the protesters was heard yelling "we hope they die." The NFL has not honored or given support to the Africa Town Coalition.

The claim appeared in a meme in a post shared on September 15, 2020, by a Facebook page named "Officer Daniels " (archived here) with following text:

Last night a 6 year old boy begged God to save his mother's life after she was ambushed. Today the NFL honored the organization that yelled "hope they die" outside the mothers hospital. Let that sink in for a minute.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Sep 16 17:32:33 2020 UTC)

Social media users sharing the claim that the NFL showed support for the protesters who confronted deputies at the hospital conflate Africa Town Coalition with Black Lives Matter. The two organizations are not the same. The logo of the Africa Town Coalition, which appears focused on developing an area of Compton as "Africa Town," does appear in a collage of logos on the website of the Los Angeles BLM promoting the message of "inequalities exposed by COVID-19."

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's announced in a tweeted video earlier this year the league's support for the Black Lives Matter movement:

Days later, the NFL announced an "Expanded Social Justice Commitment":

There is no evidence the NFL has ever honored, expressed verbal support, or given financial support for the "Africa Town Coalition."

Lead Stories previously investigated claims about what happened at the entrance to Saint Francis Medical Center on the evening of September 12, 2020, the hospital that treated the two deputies shot that day. Read our findings in this story titled Fact Check: Protesters Did NOT Block Hospital Entrance Before Arrival Of Ambulances Transporting Wounded Officers.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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