Wearing the “I can’t breathe” shirts during warm-ups has become a popular silent protest gesture in professional sports, particularly the NBA and NFL. The Georgetown basketball team becomes the first college team to wear these t-shirts, as support for Eric Garner is quickly spreading to all forms of athletics.
On Wednesday night, the Georgetown Hoyas wore the “I can’t breathe” shirts in warm-ups before their game against Kansas as you can see below from the tweets.
It makes sense that Georgetown became the first college team to do it in the nation’s capital because head coach John Thompson Jr. was the first African-American coach to win a national championship.
According to Sporting News, Georgetown player Joshua Smith said after the game, “We didn’t wear the shirts to say that the cops were wrong or the system was wrong. We just wore the shirts just to show our condolences to the family because no matter how you look at it, we don’t know who was right or wrong, but they still lost somebody. And they won’t get that person back.”
According to KUSports.com, head coach John Thompson was a little more outspoken about the issue saying, “This is a f—ing school, man. That’s your responsibility, to deal with things like that. This is not a goddamn pro team.”
Whatever the reason may be for wearing the t-shirts, it’s good to see players raising awareness about an important issue in our society right now.
Hoyas wearing “I can’t breathe” t-shirts pic.twitter.com/FH7ZR205xd
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 10, 2014
— Kristen B. (@KristenBerset) December 10, 2014