Yedlin, who has played 99 Premier League games since leaving the Seattle Sounders in 2015, has African American, Dominican, Native American and Latvian roots. His mother was a teenager when he was born and in and out of trouble when she was young so her father and step-mother were granted custody and raised him. He later became close to his mother. Yedlin's father was jailed for life as a habitual offender and never in his life.
"I remember being in elementary school," he added, "and having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance which end ' ... with liberty and justice for all.' Every American needs to ask themselves, is there “liberty and justice for all” and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem.
"In no way are we asking black lives to matter more than white lives, all we’re asking is we are seen as equal, as more than 3/5 of a man, as humans. My heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd, his family, and all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality."