Weston McKennie honors George Floyd with special message in his armband during Schalke's Bundesliga match
The Texas native wore an armband that read 'Justice for George' during Saturday's match against Werder Bremen
United States men's national team midfielder Weston McKennie paid tribute to the death of George Floyd by wearing an armband that read "Justice for George" during Saturday's match between Schalke and Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga.
Floyd was arrested and died in police custody after officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for over eight minutes. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday in a case that has sparked global outrage. Chauvin was also fired along with three other officers on the scene.
McKennie, a Texas native like Floyd, wore the armband in Saturday's 1-0 loss. Here a look at it:
— Schalke 04 USA🇺🇸 (🏡) (@s04_us) May 30, 2020
Here's another look:
— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) May 30, 2020
This was the first real chance an American athlete had to show their support during a competitive sporting event. Others have voiced their disbelief at what transpired including LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr. and others. We are likely to see more support from American athletes as leagues like the NBA and MLB aim to return to play during the summer months.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, along with other NBA players and celebrities like Jamie Foxx, stood in Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to speak at a rally for Floyd, whom he considered his "twin."
For live updates on the George Floyd situation, check out CBS News.