Weston McKennie wore a ‘Justice for George’ armband during Schalke’s match vs. Werder Bremen.
The American was showing his support for George Floyd, the unarmed African-American who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis earlier this week.
Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd, who could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe before he tragically passed away.
Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The shocking death has made headlines around the world with protests now taking place in parts of America. According to the criminal complaint filed, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds; two minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.
McKennie grew up in Texas and the 21-year-old has been capped 21 times for the United States national side.
His superb show of support for Floyd didn’t go unnoticed but McKennie couldn’t stop his Schalke side from their terrible form – as they lost 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen.
That makes it four defeats in their four matches since the Bundesliga returned, after losses to Borussia Dortmund (4-0), Augsburg (3-0), Dusseldorf (2-1) and now Werder Bremen.
That run of form leaves Schalke in tenth, five points away from Wolfsburg who occupy a Europa League spot in sixth. But David Wagner’s side might start looking down as they’re now just 10 points above the relegation zone.