Thierry Henry kneels for the first 8 minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity with Black Lives Matter


As the Montreal Impact began its MLS is Back campaign with its Group C opening game against the New England Revolution, manager Thierry Henry made one of the most discreet gestures of solidarity, but the most powerful of the tournament’s Black Lives Matter movement so far.While also wearing a T-shirt with “Black Lives Matter” in bold print on his chest, Henry took one knee during the 8:46 minutes of the competition while he was in his coaching box.

Unfortunately for Henry, the game did not go well for the Impact, ending in a 1-0 loss that could have been worse with a better finish from the Revs. Perhaps in part because of this, Henry was concise in his explanation of the gesture.

“Well, I sat there for 8 minutes and 46 seconds,” he said. “I guess you know why. It was just to honor and show your support for the cause. That was essentially it. It was simple. ”

The 8:46 hrs duration was a rallying cry from activists following the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police in late May. It was the time that prosecutors originally said that policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck.

As one of two MLS black head coaches, Henry expressed the need for reforms to address systemic racism in the aftermath of the incident.


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