As D.C. United prepares for tomorrow’s match against the Philadelphia Union, it’s clear that the game isn’t the most important things on everyone’s mind.
The current climate in sports had a big shift on Wednesday and it’s trickled down. The NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS have all seen player led movements that have led to boycotts and/or cancelation of games to get a message across. Simply that enough is enough when it comes to the murdering of unarmed black people in this country at the hands of the police.
Every sport is different in how they went about trying to share messaging and create action that affects change. For the MLS, it’s the Black Players Coaltion (BPC) which was launched on Juneteenth(June 19) of this year.
They’ve been a driving force as to how the players in the MLS have chosen to deal with what’s happening in this country, primarily the messaging shared above. Several key members of that group are on the D.C. United roster in Bill Hamid and Earl Edwards Jr. who are part of the board.
Earlier today, Edwards had an availability with the local media and provided some insight both personal and from the BPC as to the thought process that has gone in to their actions this week, in the past, and in the future.
Below is his portion of the media availability, Ben Olsen and Julian Gressel also spoke today. Feel free to follow @mymindonsports on twitter from some quotes from today. Video courtesy of D.C. United