Calvin Johnson rejoins Twitter after Charleston shootings, urges change

The murder of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church on Wednesday night affected Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson enough that he decided to speak out.

To do so, Johnson rejoined Twitter.

Johnson, who grew up outside Atlanta, urged people to influence those they raise and those around them if they really want to see societal change.

It was an emotional plea from the All-Pro receiver, who had been on Twitter in the past but said Friday he had stopped because he was hacked.

The 29-year-old has become more outspoken in recent years. Last season, he was opinionated in the wake of the Adrian Peterson incident about how he would raise his children.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has said in the past he has no problems with his players speaking out on issues that are important to them.

Former Lions running back Reggie Bush was particularly outspoken during the Ferguson riots last year.