United States men’s national team member Weston McKennie might have been the first professional athlete to take his protest of George Floyd’s death to the playing field.
Now, he’s speaking out against President Donald Trump. In an interview with German outlet Sport Bild, McKennie — who plays for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 — questioned Trump’s ability and commitment to leading the country, and said he believes Trump is a racist.
Schalke’s Weston McKennie in Sportbild: “I don’t think that Trump is right for the job of President. I don’t think he understands the responsibility he has for the entire country. I think he’s an ignorant. I don’t support him one bit. In my eyes, you can call him a racist.” #s04
— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) June 10, 2020
The 21-year-old McKennie has been a member of the USMNT since 2017, and is one of several American players to make their name in Germany. A native of Texas, McKennie is part of the younger USMNT generation that could define the future of American soccer.
McKennie isn’t the first member of the USMNT to criticize Trump, as captain Michael Bradley defender said “There isn’t a moral bone in his body” and DeAndre Yedlin called him “the worst possible person” to handle a situation like Floyd’s death.
Former USMNT striker Terrence Boyd went as far as calling Trump “one of the worst people on the planet.” The sentiment is obviously shared by some notable members of the USWNT.
McKennie made headlines last week when he took the field with an armband reading “Justice for George Floyd.” He was one of a number of Bundesliga players to make a show of protest. He was also among the several players to record a video saying “Enough is enough”on police brutality.
All four officers have since been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department and hit with criminal charges over Floyd’s death, with officer Derek Chauvin — the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck — facing a second-degree murder charge.
Meanwhile protests have erupted across the country as activists seek police reform and even more drastic measures, with many athletes openly taking part.
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