Reggie Cannon disgusted by booing: 'I even knew when we decided to kneel that it was going to happen'

More than five months after MLS play was shut down and a month after it was removed from the MLS is Back Tournament following more than a dozen positive cases of COVID-19 to players and staff in its traveling party, FC Dallas returned to the field in Wednesday.

FC Dallas even opened Toyota Stadium to fans for its match against Nashville SC. Texas Governor Greg Abbott's most recent executive order governing open-air sporting events limits fans to 50 percent of capacity. FC Dallas limited capacity to 5,110 fans, or about 26 percent of capacity, then reduced the number to 3,000 on Wednesday morning.

Fans were segregated into Red Fan Zone and Blue Fan Zone and had to enter and exit the stadium in their zone. They sat in pods, separated by three seats, and had to wear masks at all times at the stadium except for when they were eating and drinking.

FC Dallas: Updated fan protocols

The game was the first MLS game played with fans since March, and the first at which the national anthem was played since the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. (MLS's policy in returning to play is to only play the national anthem at games where there are fans. No anthem was played at MLS is Back.)

FC Dallas and Nashville SC players and the refereeing crew knelt while the national anthem was played. There were some boos in the announced attendance was 2,192, and one fan was reportedly removed from the stadium for throwing a water bottle at the players.

"I think it was disgusting," said FC Dallas right back Reggie Cannon, who plays for the U.S. national team, following the 1-0 loss. "I think it was absolutely disgusting. You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in and millions of other people support this cause. We discussed with every other team and the league what we are going to do and we got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that? For a lack of a better word, it pissed me off. We discussed it prior with what we are doing, we discussed it with Nashville. Everyone from Nashville was on board, everyone across the league was on board on what we were going to do. We asked for no anthem because we didn't feel it was right for the anthem to be played at this moment. They ignored our wishes so we were gonna kneel regardless. If the anthem was going to be played or not. Unfortunately, it was played during these times when we asked for the anthem not to be played."

Cannon said he and his teammates had been waiting to get a chance to play again after what happened at MLS is Back.

"You can't even have support from your own fans in your own stadium," he said. "It's baffling to me. As a team, we try to give the best possible product on the field and these last six months have been absolute s*** for us. Absolute s***. We have to watch other people play soccer, and we're just sitting home unfortunately contracting COVID from the unfortunate situations that we were put in. Now an opportunity presented itself to play tonight, and unfortunately we're mad and upset not to get the win, but I was pissed. Everyone around me was pissed. Ryan Hollingshead, the first thing he said to me after we got up from the knee was 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry for our fans'. We had someone chanting 'USA' when they don't understand what kneeling means. They don't understand why we are kneeling. They can't see the reason, they just think we're the ignorant one."

Cannon said he was hurt by the boos.

"It's incredibly frustrating," he added. "I'm sorry for having this tone but you have to call it for what it is. I even knew when we decided to kneel that it was going to happen. That sound tell you guys something: I knew that we were going to have negative push-pack from having a unified response over what's going on. It hurts me because I love our fans, I love this club. I want to see the support that the league has given us from our fans. I love the people that came out tonight but as soon as I heard that boo I just had to play on and knew what to expect. We will take it one day at a time. Again, we are unified in this response and everyone stand together: black, white, even orange. Everyone stands together."

70 comments about "Reggie Cannon disgusted by booing: 'I even knew when we decided to kneel that it was going to happen'".
  1. Bob Ashpole, August 13, 2020 at 6:25 a.m.

    That picture of everyone kneeling causes me to think about widespread outrage over police violence. It ought to cause everyone to think about it. Drawing public attention to a problem is the purpose of protest. Let's see what happens now.

  2. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:55 a.m.

    So far looks like we have a lot of people here today that boo. 

  3. Sean Guillory, August 13, 2020 at 6:25 a.m.

    Reggie Cannon, stop being a baby!  I am black and would have booed you for kneeling during the National Anthem.  Why should I support you doing something I disagree with.  The fans have the right to show their non support for you just like you have the right to kneel when you want.  The person throwing the water bottle was out of line but the boos are a form of protest just like yours.  For you not to understand that shows a sever lack of maturity and lack of knowledge on your part. 

  4. Orlando Garcia replied, August 13, 2020 at 8:57 a.m.

    I completely agree with this response. To some kneeling is may be their form of expressing their frustration, I can't change that. To others kneeling kneeling may be percieved as a demonstration of being unappreciative of a nation that has lost many lives for freedom. Yes, I am learnging freedom has not always been fair. But to become hateful for disagreeing is not truely allowing USA as a nation to grow from the heart. When we hate because we disagree with our differences, how can we ever change. Black and White are not are only prejudices. I believe we are in a crossroads, a crossroads for true change. One thing about this country is to a high degree we are allowed to peacefully express our thougts and beliefs.

  5. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 9:24 a.m.

    Standing for the National Anthem has nothing to do with patriotism. It is time for a change for police brutality - starting with my city Minneapolis.  So if you don't agree with Reggie's and others kneeling then you agree with a status quo. It is as simple as that: your choice. 

  6. Sean Guillory, August 13, 2020 at 6:29 a.m.

    Yes Bob and that's what the protest is supposed to do, make some people think about a situation.  However, people like me don't like it and will show our own protest to make people think standing during the National Anthem is important.  I think Reggie Cannon instead had his feelings hurt and can't seem to reconcile that against other people's rights.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, August 13, 2020 at 6:52 a.m.

    Okay so you would boo. That is not pertinent to my post. Does the picture cause you to consider the social problem of police violence?

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, August 14, 2020 at 7:35 a.m.

    Bob, Look at The Picture From NY Post... Not a Single Fan Kneeling ... 2 guys Sitting ... What is Disrepectful and Disgusting is to be INTOLERANT of Your Fans and Denigrate them for Chanting USA, USA ... Each can make their Statement and Each will bear The Consequences ... The "Commie" "Foreign" Sport, Soccer, will be Most Hurt by this Disrespectful Kneeling during the Playing Of The US National Anthem (Especially when Many Players NOT American)

  9. Raffaele Aquino, August 13, 2020 at 7 a.m.

    Why play the national anthem? It's not an international national team game. Take a lesson from most major soccer leagues in the world and play the national anthem only during a US national team game . You don't go to an EPL game in England and hear God save the queen before every EPL game. But not in the USA or even here in Canada where even for just regular club league games we have to listen to the anthem played. Yes play it during international national team play by all means but to play it at every league game is a bit much.

  10. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:21 a.m.


  11. David Ruder, August 13, 2020 at 7:35 a.m.

    I thought they were supposed to kneel before or after the playing of the National Anthem. I think its a disgrace, shameful and disrespectful to kneel during the playing of our National Anthem, especially for the foreign players If the foreign players want to kneel let them kneel before their own country flags. Players are hired to play and to entertain and not make personal and political statements. I don't see anybody at work kneeling in the morning before they start work. 

  12. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:54 a.m.

    We are sentient beings - you cannot make us into automatons who play a sport without expressing individuality or freedom of expression about ongoing unjustice. 

  13. Georgie Best, August 13, 2020 at 7:38 a.m.

    So the players protesting is OK, the fans protesting is not???
    Reggie you and all the highly offended players should put your money where your mouth is.  Decline any future call ups to the U.S. national team.  I'm sure that you being as woke as you are, 
    Wearing the U.S. jersey would offend you since it represents  the U.S.A. just like the flag and the anthem does. Oh, and feel free to return all the money you made playing for the national team. Don't  forget the appearance fees and image rights paid to you for wearing the U.S jersey.  A player Kneeling  or disrespecting  a country's flag in any other nation would see the fans chase the player off the field- or worse. Seems like you actually trying to keep the  fans away.

  14. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:11 a.m.

    I, like Reggie Cannon was hopeful that people would consider a change. The boo suggests that these fans are not for change and want to continue racism as it presently exists in the world. As espoused - if you are not actively opposing racism then you are agreeing to its harmful effects. 

  15. Ken Fadner replied, August 13, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

    More Americans support players kneeling as a statment than oppose:

    What could be more American than respecting the rights of others to make a statement about an important public issue? Booing is not pro anything in my opinion. It is just trying to cancel out the "voice" of others expressing their opinions as if only your opinion counts. I've not done a poll but I am quite sure that those players who kneel love and understand the true America as much or better than those who boo.

  16. Santiago 1314 replied, August 14, 2020 at 7:40 a.m.

    And the Polls had Hillary Beating Trump... The People are Lying to the Pollsters.!!! 

  17. Quentin Lutz, August 13, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.

    The problem is not the kneeling, it's the kneeling while playing the national anthem. I served proudly for 10 years and to see people kneel during the national anthem churns my stomach. I saw a lot of my colleagues get killed defending red white and blue. Kneel if you like before the game for solidarity like they do in the EPL but do not kneel during our national anthem. Cmon folks we are better than that. 

  18. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:08 a.m.

    The anthem if you look at the words is probably not the best representation of our country's ideals.  

  19. Valerie Metzler, August 13, 2020 at 8:21 a.m.

    Oh!  I didn't even notice that the US national anthem wasn't played at the MLS Is Back tournament and I watched every game.  Can't we please stop playing it before anything but international competitons?

  20. FC Delco Fan replied, August 13, 2020 at 8:46 a.m.

    I am with you Valerie.  We don't need to play the national anthem before every sporting event.  The national anthem has nothing to do with playing sports.  No where else in the world do they play the national anthem before a sporting event (except for international competitions).  And many of those countries are just as patriotic as we are in the US. 

    I am as patriotic as the next guy.  I love this country.  I fly the flag outside my house.  But I don't think we need to play the anthem before a sporting event to prove how partiotic we are.  You can still honor the military in other ways.  I know my local MLS club honors a veteran before every game by bringing them down to the field, introducing them on the PA / jumbotron, and holding a moment of applause in appreciation of their service and the service of all veterans. 

  21. John Foust replied, August 13, 2020 at 8:56 a.m.

    I have stopped watching every sport where kneeling occurs, and it's lonely now, for someone my age who has participated and followed sports all my life.  But I'm with Quentin, and to some degree with Valerie.  If we dont' play the anthem then who cares if they kneel?  Kneeling does not change peoples' hearts - and it doesn't make me think about the rampant injustices that pervade on both sides of the argument.  Does anyone kneel to provoke the memory of assasinated police officers, some of whom die at the hands of blacks?  Where I'm curious is what these kneelers would do if they attended a parade where disabled veterans marched/wheeled, the flag was paraded, and the nation anthem played.  Would they kneel in front of those brave men and women?  And get over the liberal media fantasy story line that police viloence is some rampant out-of-control problem.  Any police violence is horrible, and it happens because we are all fallen, imperfect, ignorant, and sometime hateful.  Deal with those individuals to the full extent of the law.  The number of law enforcement murdered by minorities never gets the press - doesn't fit the divisive dialectic of the haters on the left.  Do your homework and know the real numbers.  I have dozens and dozens of black friends from sports, church, business, and military, and NONE of them support kneeling.  Maybe that's my bubble, just like the ignorant players are living in their own bubble thinking that their kneeling doesn't mean they are disrespecting veterans who died so they can act like children.  It does.  And pro sports athletes getting paid for playing doesn't hold a candle to those who volunteer to serve the public via law enforcement, military, medicine, and other service.  We'll see how these pampered ones fare when they have to get a real job after they complete playing ... get it?  Playing. A. Sport.  Not sorry for the rant -

  22. FC Delco Fan replied, August 13, 2020 at 9:58 a.m.

    @John Foust

    I respect your rant.  I really do.  But it drifts from police violence to the military and back.  Pick a lane, man.  Because the people who kneel have picked their lane.  And it's NOT anti-military.  The anthem is not strictly about the military, it's about national pride.  And the kneeling has NOTHING to do with the military.  In fact it was a Marine veteran who suggested to Colin Kaepernick that he kneel during the anthem.  You gonna say the same things about that Marine veteran that you say about the players who kneel? 

    I guarantee you that the players who kneel would stand up and thank all of the disabled veterans at the flag-waving parade you talk about.  Because they have no problem with the military.  If you asked them, I am sure they would tell you the focus isn't even necessarily on the police.  It's the mindset.  The mindset in our government (federal, state and local alike), the mindset in business, the mindset in a lot of these posts on this page.  A mindset of "me vs them"; "I am right, you're wrong and that's it"; "No tolerance for anything I don't agree with".

    I wouldn't kneel during the anthem.  I am not comfortable with it.  But I also don't begrudge anyone who does kneel.  Because I don't see it as disrespectful, I know it was a veteran who suggested it in the first place, and it's the players' right to do so as this is a free country.  Just as it is your right to not like it.  Just keep an open mind about where these folks are coming from.

  23. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

    Let's stop the anthem and select a new tune (in more ways than one).

  24. William Yarnall, August 13, 2020 at 8:36 a.m.

    No, it doesn't it just makes me believe these players and league have bought into a destructive strategy. Pointing at issues but offering zero solutions

  25. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:14 a.m.

    The solution they are proposing is to first recognize that racism exists and especially in the police force. For those that think it is rare: Mpls data shows that it is not (from my local paper): Minneapolis is predominantly white, yet Black and East African drivers accounted for 78% of police searches that started as stops for moving or equipment violations from June 2019 through May 2020, according to Minneapolis police data. Whites made up 12% of searches during the same types of stops in that time frame.

  26. Mike Anderson, August 13, 2020 at 10:24 a.m.

    Be pissed all you want but people are free to disagree with you. Kneeling is not in honor of anything or any cause or person. It is a clear protest originally defined by Kaepernik saying he refused to stand for the flag of a country that allows police brutality. That's the cause; you can't re-define it. Nobody wants police brutality against anyone, but if someone kneels I'm free to disagree with their statement. I personally think kneeling to dishonor flag of the most free country in the world, freedoms that you enjoy and that millions died to protect is vulgar how about that? I'm pissed too Reggie. We all are. 

    If you want to kneel do it like the other countries where they honor black lives but don't direct disrespect toward the flag, the values of a nation with the greatest statement of purpose in the history of mankind, and those who died for it. Just having this conversation is disgusting. 

  27. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 10:49 a.m.

    If you think the disrespect is about the flag  -  your anger is misdirected and you need to get over being disgusted. It is time for a change with people expressing their individual opinions. However to not be angry at the ongoing discrimination and booing means those people agree to how things are.  So here we are now talking about how we need to move in a more equitable direction. 

  28. Bob Ashpole replied, August 14, 2020 at 12:33 a.m.

    Mike, what is your reference for "millions" have died defending our flag? There is no way to get close to "millions" without including the Confederate dead during the Civil War. 

    Your point would be valid if the dead only included the approximately 400,000 US military that died in WW2. 

  29. Santiago 1314 replied, August 15, 2020 at midnight

    @Bob ... Wikipedia has it at 1,354,644 ... But they do include Confedrate Soldiers... I would not

  30. R M, August 13, 2020 at 11:03 a.m.

    @Sean G. Is absolutely correct here! Reggie Cannon's comments are ridiculous. The tone sounds like a petulant child.

    @PT your attempt at bullying anyone who disagrees with the kneeling is so ignorant, "simple as that". Police brutality is unacceptable. The symbolism of kneeling during the national anthem is also unacceptable to some, and the larger agenda of the actual organization of BLM is appalling to many. The point is, that kneeling means so many different things to everyone, including the individual players, and some don't even understand why they are kneeling. To suggest that if you are not for the kneeling you are against it is close minded. 

  31. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:26 a.m.

    If you think BLM is some Marxist agenda you are reading crap. Sure it's fine to boo people kneeling but let's be real - if you are booing what does that really mean - it is not about the flag.

  32. R M replied, August 13, 2020 at 1:36 p.m.

    @PT...your stats are garbage and frankly don't even prove your original point for the kneeling, which was supposedly about "police brutality". BLM didn't even start because of "police brutality" it started because of T. Martin's death at the hands of a citizen, not a cop. That's the problem with BLM the organization and the movement you support. It's all over the place and even its supporters don't know what it stands for anymore. Those that do and continue to say its only about police brutality have their heads in the sand or are intentionally dishonest. It's clear that whatever you are reading or watching is singularly focused. Have you even read the BLM site or listened to its chapter leaders around the globe in their protests?? Most of what the BLM leadership says could arguably be considered "crap" so it's not surprising when people boo players who may kneeling , at least some, for a movement that represents radical ideology on so many levels. And since you brought up "Marxist"....yeah there are more than a few of them in the mix at BLM Chapters, if you don't believe me just ask them. While you're at it look up what Marxism is and it's strategies while you root for the removal of the national anthem and American culture at ironic! lol

  33. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 5:07 p.m.

    Claiming BLM is all over the map and that it is Marxist still misses the main point which the MLS as well as people all over the world have recognized: racism exists today and people of color suffer disproportionately from it. There is no LOL for those who suffer: it is not an intellectual argument when you see it up close. 

  34. R2 Dad, August 13, 2020 at 11:05 a.m.

    Don Garber, the ball is in your court. 

  35. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:26 a.m.

    Time to remove the anthem from MLS.

  36. Kevin Leahy, August 13, 2020 at 11:11 a.m.

    It is the story of the day. You can not have your own feelings or opionions without the mob shouting you down. You don't have to like anything but, you might try to understand the other person doesn't think like you. As long as it isn't criminal it, wouldn't hurt to accept the fact of our differences.

  37. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:32 a.m.

    Fair enough.

  38. R M replied, August 13, 2020 at 1:42 p.m.

    Well put. 

  39. Guntis Sietins, August 13, 2020 at 11:47 a.m.

    Fuck the mls. I am done with thos communist supporting a holes!!!

  40. Raffaele Aquino replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:40 p.m.

    To a person not living in the US you sound like your stereo typical American lol. You have no clue judging by what you just posted wow!

  41. Billy Logan, August 13, 2020 at 11:51 a.m.

    Just my 2 cents- If I recall correctly, in the 1960's anyway, the British stood for "God Save the Queen" before movies at the "cinema", but there was no anthem before league football matches.

    Btw another type of protest: WWII vet I knew moved with his family to Canada instead of condoning the war in Vietnam. 

  42. David Ruder, August 13, 2020 at 12:03 p.m.

    This is probably the best publicity that Major League Soccer ever got, it proves that its attended by actual Americans its not just a foreign sport anymore?

  43. Chris Madden, August 13, 2020 at 12:28 p.m.

    So it's OK for the players to express themselves  but those who are expressing theselves in opposition to their position are disgusting. That is the problem with the WOKE only their position can expressed and will use all means to silence their opposition. Very dangerous!

  44. Tim Hargrave replied, August 13, 2020 at 12:31 p.m.

    Um, well by your own logic why isn't it OK for Reggie Cannon to express his disgust, just as it is OK for you to express your disgust with him, as you just did?

  45. frank schoon replied, August 13, 2020 at 1:39 p.m.

    Um, Tim, I don't get your logic. Chris just merely stated a fact that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Reggie threw a stone, and got one thrown back at him and the idiot complained about it.   Case closed! Try taking a course in logic 101 or common sense..

  46. Jack De Selm, August 13, 2020 at 12:37 p.m.

    They can boo and you can kneel. Just because you think it is correct to kneel, others do not. I do not. People made sacrifices so you can kick a ball around. Don't get me wrong, you have the right to kneel, but the fans also have the right to boo.
    Each individual person should know what is right and what is wrong. The reality is, only when each individual takes a long hard look at themselves will this country change for the better. No government, no law, can change what is inside each and every one of us. 

  47. Alvaro Bettucchi, August 13, 2020 at 1:12 p.m.

    Why can't we do like the rest of the sporting world?  Play the team songs at the beginning of national sporting events, and play the National Anthem when we play teams from other countries. This would have been the perfect moment in history, to make this change. With people of other countries, playing in our different sports, it is not right to make them give allegence to our country. I would stand, as respect, but with no feeling. But, when our teams play against teams from another country (like our national team), then it means much more.

  48. frank schoon replied, August 14, 2020 at 10:02 a.m.

    Alvaro , I understand your point for I myself as a non-citizen, one time thought similarly. But being in this great country, earning a living and chose to be part of this culture where so many people all around the world depend upon for their protection, charity,leadership, etc and what not, I stand out of respect for what this country represents. And now that I've lived over a half a century here  and especially what has been happening, I stand for the Anthem with 'feeling' and appreciation for what this country represents and has done for me and the rest of the world.

    And if we play the Anthem before each game, fine. This is America, this is the way we do things here unlike other countries whose citizens would love to be here as so many have shown by trying to bust our borders down...This is what makes America so different from the other run of the mill countries who only play the Anthem for International games, which is fine too... to each country his own.

     The foreign players playing in our sports should stand out of respect for the Anthem. They have a freedom of choice to come here and earn a living or they can go somewhere's that simple.
    No one is forcing them to stand for the Anthem with 'feeling' but just stand out of respect.

    The question here is not whether we should protest during protest during the Anthem and not why it should be played only for International games, that is not really the issue here, but the protest.

  49. John Polis, August 13, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.

    There's an old saying among soccer referees that it's OK to speak to the players on the field and use your personality to help manage the game, but speak carefully and always be prepared to manage what comes back to you. It's the same for athletes who decide to take a knee during the national anthem. Yes, it's free speech. You have the right to kneel. But here's something Reggie Cannon apparently doesn't understand. When you decide to co-opt an anthem ceremony for your own purpose (no matter how noble), be prepared for the strong backlash from Americans to whom the flag and anthem are sacred and who won't stand for anyone using them for individual crusades. They will speak out and they may boo you. Free speech most certainly goes both ways.

  50. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 4:44 p.m.

    Reggie Cannon is not embarking on an individual crusade - this is a world wide movement. Sure people can express their displeasure but I, like many - was optimistic that the soccer community would have been more supportive to the BLM movement - just as one may be supportive of women's attempt at getting more respect for their game.  

  51. Wallace Wade, August 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

    Only really ignorant people would attend a match in a community of over 20% Covid positivity rate!!! You know what they say, you can't Waller with pigs and not get dirty! 

  52. Dana Karschner, August 13, 2020 at 4:35 p.m.

    Poor little Reggie is upset because someone booed him or threw water bottles on the field. Little reggie was disrespecting something that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died for.  This is what happens when you are stupid enough to bring politics into sports! You loose fans and drive people away from the game. Do you think the little marxist BLM members who evidently believe it is ok to rob the stores of hard working Americans in order to get by are going to pay to watch you play soccer, or buy your gear, or supoort you in any way?  There were more african ameraicans killed in Chicago on any given weekend than have been killed by police officers in years! Does anyone ever really look at the statistics? BLM does not care about anything except promoting their marxist, anarchist, and nihilist agenda. Yes a cop treated George Floyd badly and should not have kneeled on his neck but he was on enough fetanyl  to kill a horse; this is why the footage "clearly" shows him complining he could not breathe while he was still standing up. Floyd thought he would die in the back seat of the police car if the window was not down; this is a common effect of fetanyl overdose. Yes, the same stuff that killed Michael Jackson and Prince.  

  53. P T replied, August 13, 2020 at 4:58 p.m.

    Your racist rant is not appreciated here.  Deflecting on black on black crime is no excuse for how people of color are treated and to try to explain away the murder of George Floyd due to fentanyl just means that you don't get it - especially by calling him "little reggie". Finally, BLM is not a marxist campaign. So try as you might racism exists today and MLS as well as other Soccer worldwide are trying to address its existence and lessen its impact on people's lives. No one deserves to play a match when there are monkey noises being made or banana peels through on the field. This clearly is still ongoing and hence even more reason I expect more from fellow soccer fans to stand up for what is right and not come up with an excuse to do otherwise. 

  54. Dana Karschner replied, August 13, 2020 at 9:01 p.m.

    Response tO PT. To be a racist you have to believe in the superiority of one race over another.  Nothing I said indictaes such a belief and I surely don't think that way. I do believe in due process. The officer accused of killing George deserves the same due process that George deserved. The officer was wrong, but just because he did something stupid does not mean it was because of George's race! Where is the evidence of this? All of the destruction of property, injury, and deaths that resulted George's death are based on a completely unproven premise! I am not a racist (unless you have changed the definition) but I am a lawyer and believe in due process. BLM is not protesting because there was police brutality. They are protesting because they believe the police mistreatment was based on race. The case has not even come to trial and BLM found a fact (racist intent) that noone has really suggested yet. The officers were trying to accomodate George at first and seemed to treat him ok, even offering to open the window so he could breathe better. He was complaining that he could not breathe while he was standing outside the police car (before he was on the ground).  Where are the statistics from BLM, or anyone else for thet matter, that white suspects resisting arrest (his friends were telling him to quit resisting) while high on meth and fetanyl would be treated any differently by police. There probably are plenty of instances where similar encounters went bad with white suspects. I am not saying the cop with his knee on his neck was following proper procedure, because it looks like he wasn't. However, all the destruction, injury, and insult to police, local businesses, and citizens is all based on the idea that George was treted badly just because of his race. That fact has not been proven.  Where is the due process for the shop owners that were beaten, for the shop owners that lost their lifelong businesses.  Listen to the statement of Ariel Atkins (BLM Chicago organizer) on the legitimacy of looting. Are you kidding me? Many of these neighborhoods and businesses they are destroying are important to minorities. Anyone who marches to the tune of BLM is an accessory to the many injuries being perpetrated on the minority communities they destroy. This is worse than being a racist!  

  55. Santiago 1314 replied, August 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

    @P T ... BLM-Inc., Is a Marxist Communist Led Movement

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    (NYPost 6-25-20) Patrisse Cullors "We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network." 
    “The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

    She wrote a Book on it: "While promoting her book “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” in 2018, Cullors described her introduction to and support for Marxist ideology."

  56. Dana Karschner, August 13, 2020 at 4:39 p.m.

    Luckily noone was throwing frozen water bottles, bricks, commercial firworks, pointing lasers in your eyes etc as protesters have been doing to Police all over the country.  Give me a break. Are all soccer players big babies?

  57. Raffaele Aquino replied, August 13, 2020 at 11:51 p.m.

    No it had nothing to do with Floyd being black nothing! Oh and Trump going after your first black president wanting Obama to prove he was born in the USA had nothing to do with Obama being black lol! Your not a racist just like Trump is not a racist I believe you I really do!

  58. frank schoon replied, August 14, 2020 at 9:16 a.m.

    Raffaelle, When Hillary Clinton ran against Obama ,it was her and her people who 'first' questioned whether Obama was born in the USA...that's how it all started by the democrats themselves. So I guess,she is also a racist, by your logic. Oh, by the way, John McCain who ran against Obama was also questioned about not being born in the USA. But since McCain is white there is no problem about 'racism' on questioning whether he was born in the USA ....

  59. Max Neuberger, August 13, 2020 at 6:25 p.m.

    I still don't understand why they play the anthem at any league matches. Who's the United States playing anyway?

  60. R2 Dad, August 13, 2020 at 6:48 p.m.

    Had any of these fans noticed, all the league matches in Europe were shown with players and officials taking a knee. Agree or not, the goal posts have changed over the past 4 months. I'm aghast the league did not coordinate with the clubs to prevent this situation, which was completely predicatable. 
    In case Euros think they have room to crow here, I will point out the political ramifications have been stripped out on your side of the pond--the BLM movement is hitched to the hip with a socialist/communist agenda in the US and the US has a national election in 3 months. It's very different over here.

  61. Robert Lerdahl, August 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

    Reggie Cannon - the fans booed because they are disgusted with you and your behavior.  First and foremost you are Americans, but nobody thinks or labels you as any sort of political spokesman. Does anyone care what you think?  Short answer, no.  You're a professional soccer player for Pete's sake - just stick to soccer.

  62. David Ruder, August 13, 2020 at 10:25 p.m.

    REggie Cannon, you can kneel all you want, but not during the Amerian National Anthem when we honor America and our hard-won National Flag. What you doing by kneeling during this American tradition is giving the middle finger to America and what it stands for...   

  63. Bob Ashpole, August 14, 2020 at 12:39 a.m.

    Well my question was answered. The majority of comments here deflect from the issue of police violence by making an issue about disrespect to the flag. Deflection (changing the subject) is a classic logical fallacy. Problems won't get solved by deflection.

  64. Kent James replied, August 14, 2020 at 1:37 a.m.

    Well said.

  65. frank schoon replied, August 14, 2020 at 9:31 a.m.

    Bob, I think the real issue is whether you should be able in some form or other to protest during the Anthem.
    Police brutality is just the issue or flavor of the week this time at hand, the next time it could be another issue  to show one's protest during the Anthem. And that is why the posters  don't really care about the police brutality thing .
    And by the way, this police brutality thing, I'll wait and follow the 'due process' ,which seems to have been lost here, to work out. The Ferguson 'fiasco' where due process sort got lost has already ruined one cop's life. And this DA, this character, who is prosecuting the situation has already shown in the  past week his stripes....

  66. Bob Ashpole replied, August 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Frank, early in my career I was part of law enforcement at both state and federal levels. Within law enforcement it is generally accepted that our criminal justice system is systematically prejudiced. It was accepted 50 years ago and we haven't solved the problem yet. Jstice is pretty good, but not always "blind" as it should be. The system reflects our society.

  67. Santiago 1314 replied, August 14, 2020 at 6:14 p.m.

    @Bob, according to your Logic , Keapernick Deflected by Blaming The Flag and The National Anthem

  68. Goal Goal replied, August 17, 2020 at 9:57 a.m.

     BA I don't know what your function was in Law Enforcement but I am sure it was probably behind a desk.  I would like to put you out on the street and in the trenches and put you in the middle of it.  Then let's see what your reaction is.  By the way BA I am a former police officer and have been there and got out because of attituudes like yours.  You remind me of the team water boy who talks about how tough the game was.

  69. John Bauman, August 14, 2020 at 12:51 a.m.

    Agree with Sean ang Orlando.  
    Unbelievable!  Players can can show thier dislike of the country of thier choice but others cannot show a different opinion.  These kneelers are a perfect example of people brought up winning participation trophies and being protected from the real world.. 

  70. Frank Cardone, August 14, 2020 at 2:31 p.m.

    Poor Reggie Cannon is "baffled" and "hurt" and "frustrated" by the boos. Fans have a right to express their disaagreement with players. I am among the many who feel strongly that kneeling during the Star Bangled Banner is completely inappropriate. There are many ways to make a social statement. Kneeling during the SSB is not one of them. I have no use for athletes in any sport, including my beloved soccer, who do so. 

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