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American Weston McKennie wears ‘Justice for George’ armband during Bundesliga game

The U.S. national team midfielder later wrote on Twitter of his tribute to Floyd, “We have to stand up for what we believe in.”
Schalke's Weston McKennie, right, wears an armband with the words "Justice for George" on his left arm, a tribute to George Floyd, during a German Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday.
Schalke's Weston McKennie, right, wears an armband with the words "Justice for George" on his left arm, a tribute to George Floyd, during a German Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday. [ BERND THISSEN | AP ]
Published May 30, 2020

American soccer star Weston McKennie made sure the name George Floyd was on full display for the world to see Saturday.

The U.S. men’s national team member from Texas who plays for FC Schalke 04 in Germany’s Bundesliga took the field for a game against Werder Bremen wearing an armband that said “Justice for George.”

“To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!!” McKennie, who is black, posted on Twitter after his team’s 1-0 defeat.

“We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard!” #justiceforgeorgefloyd #saynotoracism

McKennie, 21, is a midfielder for FC Schalke 04. The team shared a picture of him from the game on its U.S. Twitter account with the hashtag #JusticeForGeorge.

Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes and ignored Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” pleas. Four officers were fired the next day, and on Friday, Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

Subsequent charges are possible and charges for the other officers involved are anticipated, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said.

Also on Saturday, French forward Kylian Mbappe of France’s Paris Saint-Germain tweeted #JusticeForGeorge to show his support.