10 Jul Thierry Henry kneels for Eight minutes, 46 seconds in help of Black Lives Matter motion
Montreal Affect head coach and France legend Thierry Henry took a knee for the primary eight minutes and 46 seconds of his team’s MLS is Again Match opener in opposition to the New England Revolution on Thursday in reminiscence of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minnesota in Might, inflicting mass protests.
Henry, carrying a T-shirt with “Black Lives Matter” emblazoned on it, knelt inside his technical space as the sport received underway, in one other present of solidarity with the BLM social justice motion over the primary two days of play within the MLS match.
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“I sat down for 8 mins and 46 seconds, I guess you guys know why,” Henry said after the match. “It was just to pay tribute and show support to the cause. That was basically it. [It’s] pretty simple.”
Henry’s protest reflected the amount of time it was initially reported that Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on Floyd’s neck, and 8:46 has become a symbol of police brutality. Minnesota prosecutors said after an investigation that the exact time the police officer had his knee on the neck of Floyd was 7 minutes, 46 seconds.
The former Arsenal legend and World Cup winner has previously been outspoken on racism, launching the Stand Up Speak Up campaign along with other players. He has also been a supporter of Show Racism The Red Card.
“We all have stories that we can tell, but for the first time other ethnicities are involved,” Henry told Football4cast’s Taylor Twellman on Wednesday.
“I always say back in the day, when stuff like that was happening, that I get insulted on the field for the colour of my skin … I would like other ethnicities in my team to walk out before I walk out, then that would be pretty powerful.
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“As a result of on the finish of the sport, I do not need the journalist to ask the query to the Black man. Ask the query to all people and see in the event that they really feel our ache. That can have an effect.”
Philadelphia Union gamers got here out for Thursday morning’s MLS is Again Match match in opposition to New York Metropolis FC at Football4cast’s Large World of Sports activities Complicated in Florida with the names of Black victims of police brutality on the backs of every of their jerseys.
“It was to proceed the dialog that must be had. We at the start requested our team in the event that they had been OK with it, as a result of solidarity is vital and we wish to ensure all people feels comfy,” Union defender Ray Gaddis stated after the match, which his team gained 1-0.
“Actions are louder than phrases. Once more, it is to additional the dialog and to proceed to make use of our platform to be a voice for the unvoiced. It was a collective group effort.”
Forward of the opening sport of the match between Orlando Metropolis and Inter Miami on Wednesday night, greater than 100 Black MLS gamers raised their proper fists and took a knee. Some gamers wore T-shirts over their jerseys with the phrases “Black and Proud” and “Silence is Violence,” and each teams’ beginning gamers, in addition to the referees, took a knee earlier than kickoff.
The kneeling protest garnered nationwide and worldwide consideration in 2016, when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 carried it out in the course of the nationwide anthem. The fist elevating mirrors the protest in opposition to racial inequality by People John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the 1968 Olympics in Mexico and got here to be related to the Black Energy motion of the 1960s and ’70s in addition to the present Black Lives Matter motion.
The MLS match is being held inside a biosecure “bubble,” with MLS the primary main North American males’s team sport to return to motion for the reason that coronavirus pandemic suspended the sports activities calendar in mid-March.