8 minutes and 46 seconds.
A powerful tribute to #BlackLivesMatter from @ ThierryHenry. # IMFC pic.twitter.com/tE8Rq0f3Y1
– Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) July 10, 2020
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.