The attacker has been an active voice amid the ongoing protests for racial equality and an end to police brutality as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. After the match, Altidore posted the following on Twitter:
When you’ve never known anything but privilege, equality feels like oppression.
– Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) August 29, 2020
When asked about his teammate’s decision after the game, Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said Altidore’s teammates and the entire organization support his decision not to play in the game.
“One thousand percent [I support him]Bradley said. “And not just me. Every person in our team, in our club, we stand behind Jozy in every part of the decision he made tonight.
“At some point maybe he’ll expand on things further, that’s not for me to talk about,” Bradley continued. “But he’s such an important part of our team. He and I have a unique relationship, a special relationship that goes back many, many years. We’ve been playing together since we were 16-17 years old. We have lived together a lot and I still support him fully. “