Zay Jones, a wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, took to Twitter to reveal his heartwarming interaction with an elderly white woman while he was shopping with his cousin.
While at the store, the woman approached the pair and said, "I'm from Minneapolis [and] I just want you to know that you matter."
"I could see [it] was very sincere and heartfelt," the NFL star later told Good Morning America, going on to say he asked for permission to hug her amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I just felt like that was the right thing to do. And in an instant, she just kind of fell into my arms and she just started crying."
After the encounter, Zay had taken to social media, with his tweets going viral and garnering over 826,000 likes. "i didn't get her name but i am grateful for the encounter," he wrote. "beautiful hearts still exist. be the example. be the light. love others."