From Michael Jordan to LeBron James, tennis players the likes of Serena Williams and even players of the Bundesliga joined the chorus of voices who speak out against racism and police brutality in the United States, which culminated in riots after five consecutive nights of protests in this country.
Michael Jordan, who won six NBA championships in the 1990s, issued a statement Sunday in support of the protesters.
“I am with those who are denouncing racism and violence rooted towards the people of color in our country,” said Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. “We’ve already had enough.”
The rage unleashed in the United States after the death Monday in Minneapolis of a black man of 46 years, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer, sparked riots accompanied by looting and arson in this city in the north of the country.
The coach of The Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers, himself the son of a police officer, said that as they increased the protests was imperative to keep the death of Floyd to the forefront.
“The response that we’re seeing around the country, the murder of George Floyd, is in the process,” said Rivers. “We have allowed that to pass too many tragedies in vain. This is not a problem for African-Americans. It is a human problem”.
LeBron James had been the first to react against the murder of Floyd.
The star of the Lakers posted on Instagram the picture of the cop with his knee on the neck of a handcuffed Floyd next to another photo of the exfigura of American football Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the singing of the American national hymn before a game.
– “This… is the why” –
By this action, in which Kaepernick was protesting against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, the field marshal was ostracized in the NFL and has not been able to play a single match in four years.
“This… is the why,” wrote LeBron James emphasizing the contrast between the two photographs. “Do you understand NOW or still confusing to you?”.
Serena Williams, a 23-times champion of tournaments of the Grand Slam, he wrote that he could not “find the words to say or express how sad” that you feel, in a publication of Instagram.
The message came accompanied by a video of a young African-American woman, overwhelmed by emotion during an intervention in public. After fighting with her emotions, the girl is able to say: “We are black people, and we shouldn’t have to feel that way”.
The rising star of American tennis Coco Gauff, African-American, 16 years old, I had a simple question in a publication of Instagram, which showed the faces of black Americans who have died in recent years at the hands of the authorities or the white citizens.
Several players from the Bundesliga paid tribute this weekend to George Floyd.
The gesture most spectacular it starred in the young French striker of Borussia Mönchengladbach Marcus Thuram, who held one of the goals of the victory 4-1 for his team against Union Berlin putting a knee on the ground, with his head down.
Just after the match, the ‘Gladbach’ published in Twitter the photo of your young player, 22 years old, with the legend in English: “No explanation needed” (“No need for explanations”).
Thuram is the son of the legendary side-Lilian Thuram, world champion with Les Bleus in 1998, and has become a spokesperson against racism.
Later, it was the young English star of the Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho who, after scoring the first of his three goals in the victory 6-1 against Paderborn, took off his shirt to reveal another with the message “Justice for George Floyd”.
“Delighted with the first hat trick of my career, a personal moment is bittersweet because there are more important things that are happening in the world today that we need to address and help to change,” wrote the English on Instagram.
The referee showed a yellow card to the England international, having removed the shirt, in accordance with the regulations.
His teammate Moroccan Achraf Hakimi did the same after scoring his goal.
On Saturday, it was the young midfielder’s American Schalke Weston McKennie who began the tributes to wear a bracelet with the message ‘Justice for George’.
“To be able to use this showcase to draw attention to a problem that lasts for a long time, I feel very good!”, tweeted McKennie. “We defend what we believe and I think that it is time that they listen to us”, he added in another message.