Several players joined the 'Justice for George Floyd' protest.
Jadon Sancho joined the 'Justice for George Floyd' protest when he scored a hat-trick for Dortmund against Paderborn.
Jadon Sancho reveals a 'Justice for George Floyd' shirt after his goal for Dortmund. pic.twitter.com/a3fP7dpnap— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 31, 2020
But the English international was not the only player. He was joined by team-mate Hakimi, McKennie (S04) with a ‘Justice For George’ armband and Thuram (Gladbach) who took a knee.
Marcus Thuram. Weston McKennie. Jadon Sancho. Even in the German Bundesliga, black athletes are keeping George Floyd’s memory alive through solidarity and protest. A reminder that this moment and movement is international pic.twitter.com/ETCHEqKXNQ— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) May 31, 2020
All were protesting the death of Floyd, 46, who died in Minneapolis during an arrest by a police officer, that pinned him to the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck.
The initiatives gained a lot of response on social media. Most of it was positive, but some pointed out that only players of color had expressed their sympathy.
Great to see Jadon Sancho, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram honoring George Floyd in their games. Why aren't their white teammates doing that too?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 31, 2020
The protests are continuing across United States with curfews imposed in these cities:
* California: Los Angeles County, San Francisco
* Colorado: Denver
* Florida: Miami, Orange County
* Georgia: Atlanta
* Illinois: Chicago
* Indiana: Indianapolis
* Kentucky: Louisville
* Michigan: Detroit
* Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul
* Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton
* Oregon: Portland
* Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
* South Carolina: Charleston
* Tennessee: Nashville
* Texas: Dallas, San Antonio
* Utah: Salt Lake City
* Wisconsin: Milwaukee
If the tension escalates it may not be the last actions we have seen from the Bundesliga players.