The Union Wore The Names of Police Shooting Victims on the Back of Their Jerseys!
Yesterday not only did the Philadelphia Union win their match against rival New York FC 1-0 they did so while making a huge statement. Players took the opportunity to use the MLS stage during the season resuming tournament to transform their kits to shed light on the issue of Black citizens being shot by cops.
Each Union player wore a different name on the back of their jerseys representing a different victim. All 23 players participated in the movement.
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Defender Ray Giddis wore Breonna Taylor who’s killing is sparking national outrage by citizens demanding the arrest of the officers who killed her. Meanwhile Defender Mark McKenzie wore Tamir rice, Goalkeeper Andre Blake wore George Floyd, Midfielder and captain Alejandro Bedoya wore Walter Scott, Midfielder Jamiro Monteiro wore Alton Sterling, and Midfielder Cole Turner wore Freddie Grey.
Bedoya who has been very outspoken regarding social issues, yelled into a live mic during a match last year asking congress to do something about gun violence. Yesterday he ended up scoring the match’s only goal in the 63rd minute to give his team the win.
— Dustyn Richardson (@HouSports) August 4, 2019