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Players unite against racism and police brutality

Enough Is Enough

MIAMI, Fla. — (3 June 2020) Around the world, professional athletes united on Wednesday to show their support against racism and police brutality.

In an effort lead by Schalke 04 and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Weston McKennie, the group of athletes recorded a video in the ongoing protests against police brutality following the tragic death on May 25th of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Protests against police brutality and for justice have gone nationwide in the United States and have more recently spread to European cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London and elsewhere.

Floyd was killed after Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air. Chauvin has since been charged with second degree murder, while three additional Minneapolis police officers have been charged with aiding and abetting.

“To the cops out there that continue to abuse their power, the world is watching now,” McKennie said in the beginning of the video. “Enough is enough.”

The video continues with both current and former players repeating “Enough is enough” while scenes flow through of physical altercations occurring with both black men and police officers.

McKennie was one of several Bundesliga players to show their support for Floyd in the matches played last weekend, wearing an armband that said “Justice For George” on it. Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho worse a shirt underneath his jersey in support for Floyd while Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram knelt on the field after scoring in a 4-1 win over Union Berlin. McKennie said after the match that the referee told him to remove the armband. He refused. The Bundesliga has a rule that prohibits players from making political statements. McKennie countered, “If you look at this as a political statement, then I don’t know what to tell you.”

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Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Alphonso Davies, Cory Gibbs, as well as Weston’s father John all appear in the video showing their support.

Many professional teams across the globe, including the Miami FC, have also stood together in the fight for anti-racism and police brutality, taking part in kneeling at training sessions or posting black wallpapers via social media on Black Out Tuesday.

By Ken Russo

My work in the business of soccer applies skills acquired in law practice with a focus on the sport's commercial, communications and sporting components. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage in dialogue on news and relevant issues in the game.

Um advogado por formação, concentro meu trabalho nos negócios, comunicações e operações de equipes no futebol mundial. | Abogado con fundación avanzada en comunicaciones, enfocado en los negocios del fútbol y las comunicaciones. | Je suis un avocat experimenté dans les affaires de football.

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