Philadelphia Union players wear black victims of police violence on shirts during MLS tournament

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Philadelphia Union players paid tribute to black victims of police brutality by wearing their family names on the back of their shirts during the first MLS is Back Tournament game on Thursday.

The players lined up before the game in Black Lives Matter T-shirts, which they took off to reveal the names on their jerseys.

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“Our players are united,” the club said in a tweet. “One name too many. ”

Goalkeeper Andre Blake was named after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis. Breonna Taylor, John Crawford and Eric Garner were among the other names represented in Thursday’s game against New York City FC.

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“I must say that I am very proud of my players over the past four months for the leadership they have shown, the leadership role they have played in the BLM movement, in educating the other players on our team.” said union manager Jim. Curtin said after the club’s victory, ESPN said.

“The idea today was an action rather than an authorization; I hope the league understands it. It was done to show respect, to learn, to grow, to improve our country. I am really proud of my players for everything they have done. »»

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The NBA had previously put the idea of ​​wearing the names of black victims of police violence on their shirts after the season returned, but finally decided to rally to unifying social justice messages like “Equality” or “Black Lives Matter ”.

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