To the manifestations of rejection in Minneapolis, United States, for the death of George Floyd At the hands of a police officer, sports stars join in with expressions against racial violence in the United States. Ecuadorian footballer Antonio Valencia joined with a message.
The event occurred on Monday May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a police officer, placed his knee on the neck of Floyd while he was handcuffed on the ground during an arrest.
To anti-racial protests in Minneapolis for four consecutive nights, several sport figures They shared indignation messages on their social networks, demanding justice in memory of George Floyd.
The world of football is also not indifferent to manifestations of rejection of racism, police abuse and respect for justice. During a new day of the Bundesliga, the American Winston Mckeenie, player of the Schalke 04, wore a band on his left arm with the caption “Justice for George”, In the duel in front of Werder Bremen.
The Ecuadorian Luis Antonio Valencia he also joined the protest messages. With the hashtag #georgefloyd, the exlateral of the Manchester United and twice World Cup with the ‘Tri’, he shared in Instagram a photograph of his arm in protest. “I am Black and I am proud of my color,” he posted.
Alex Morgan, twice world champion with the US women’s team, she also drew strong criticism of the death of the 46-year-old African-American man: “so disgusted beyond words by the brutal police murder of George Floyd. When will all Americans be treated and respected equally, regardless of race and gender? We long for true leadership and inclusion from the top. ”
“The African American community needs our help. They haven’t been listened to for too long. Open your ears, listen and speak. This is not political. This is about human rights, ”Joe Burrow, quarterback of the NFL Cincinnati Bengals. Other NFL figures like Steve Kerr and Stehpen Curry, ‘Coach’ and player of the Golden State Warrios, expressed their rejection of the violent event.
Lebron James, eaves of Los Angeles Lakers, contrasted the strong images of the arrest with the protest that Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco quarterback 49ers and racial rights activist, performed during the hymn of the USA. Colin used to kneel before each game in protest while listening to the hymn, which is why he was excluded from the Nfl.