United States men's national team midfielder Weston McKennie paid tribute to the death of George Floyd by wearing an armband that read "Justice for George" during Saturday's match between Schalke and Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga.
Floyd was arrested and died in police custody after officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for over eight minutes. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday in a case that has sparked global outrage. Chauvin was also fired along with three other officers on the scene.
McKennie, a Texas native like Floyd, wore the armband in Saturday's 1-0 loss. Here a look at it:
McKennie posted his own images after the match with a message on why he did it:
To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard! #justiceforgeorgefloyd #saynotoracism pic.twitter.com/TRB1AGm0Qx— Weston McKennie (@WMckennie) May 30, 2020
"We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard," McKennie wrote.
, along with other NBA players and prominent figures such as Jamie Foxx, stood in Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to speak at a rally for Floyd, whom he considered his "twin."
For live updates on the fallout from George Floyd's death, check out CBS News.