NFL’s Watson tells Fox News he was ‘totally surprised’ how Ferguson response went viral

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson became a household name last week when he poured his heart and soul into a Facebook post following a grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

No one was more surprised by that development than Watson, who spoke with Fox News host Andrea Tantaros Friday night in an “On The Record” exclusive interview — Tantaros was subbing for Greta Van Susteren.

“I’m totally surprised by the response, honestly,” Watson said. “They’re just my thoughts. When something like this happens, it’s so hard to put your thoughts into words, and that’s simply what I tried to do.”

A big part of Watson’s message centered on the belief that “the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem,” as he described it.

The NFL player said society glorifies violence in pop culture and that parents must teach children that “while this may be cool on TV, it’s not cool in real life.”

He also commented on Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, but the most thoughtful thing Watson shared may have been when he said we need to have an honest conversation about our problems.

“That’s when we can really have true change, when we’re able to sit down and not be offended by one another,” he said. “Let’s talk about it, and let’s move forward.”

Watch the interview here via Fox News:


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