Former Colts wideout Anthony Gonzalez voted to impeach President Trump.
Watching your favorite sports teams compete normally serves as a needed distraction from the daily walks of life. In truly unsettling fashion, however, that sentiment was put on hold when a mob of armed Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to protest the election of Joe Biden last week.
The aftermath, among other things, most notably featured the House of Representatives voting once again to impeach Trump for his accused role — documented as “incitement of insurrection” — in the historically embarrassing event, making him the first president to be impeached twice.
You might be thinking, “how on earth does this relate to the Indianapolis Colts?” Well, as it turns out, former wideout Anthony Gonzalez, who won re-election in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District a few months back, was one of the individuals who signed off on impeaching Trump.
Gonzalez took to social media with a powerful statement that confirmed his decision.
"“The President of the United States helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing our solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution. During the attack itself, the President abandoned his post while many members asked for help, thus further endangering all present. These are fundamental threats not just to people’s lives, but to the very foundation of our Republic.“When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th including the President’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment.”"
The former Colts star deserves tremendous praise for sticking up for what he feels is right, as he was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. With their support, which really helped sway the advantage, there was only going to be one ending: the House of Representatives passing the notion by a 232 to 197 margin.
Gonzalez, a former first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2007, spent five seasons in the NFL (all with Indy) across which he compiled 141 receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns. He retired after the 2011 campaign and proceeded to jump into a career in politics after earning a master’s degree from Stanford.
Suffice it to say that career change has turned out to be a success as Gonzalez, though the impeachment likely won’t be enforced prior to the Jan. 20 inauguration, was a part of one of the most influential political statements in this country’s history.