Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders FC Take Knee During MLS Game
The Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire took a knee before the kickoff of their match on Tuesday morning.
And it was not just the players participating in the gesture. A referee dropped to one knee, too.
Several players, including Chicago striker C.J. Sapong, also opted to raise a clenched fist – presumably in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The camera angle made it impossible to see if everyone was participating in taking a knee, but it certainly looked that way. Coaches, players, referees – everyone seemed to do it.
Players in various sports have been paying tribute to the Black Lives Matter ever since sports resumed a few weeks back. It comes on the heels of the death of George Floyd in police custody.
The gesture took place for approximately 30 seconds, at which point a whistle was blown and everyone proceeded to start the outing.
According to multiple reports, the National Anthem was not playing when everyone involved dropped to one knee.
Major League Soccer is currently hosting an “MLS is Back” tournament within a bubble setup in Orlando, Florida. It is akin to what the NBA is planning to do at the end of July.