Black Players for Change, 7.8.20

It was a memorable moment.


Following the entrance of Inter Miami CF and Orlando City SC’s players onto the field ahead of the first MLS is Back Tournament match Wednesday night in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, over 100 Black MLS players and staff from numerous teams followed and stood around the field.


As the field players for Miami and Orlando kneeled, all Black players and staff – both on field and on the sidelines – raised a single black-gloved fist and held it for over six minutes. The image was striking and referenced the protest of Black track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

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