What They're Saying: Gregg Berhalter

"It means a whole lot to me. And it's not only supporting the effort of the group, but it's supporting the cause. That's what's most important to me. The Black Lives Matter cause is real. We need to do more for equity. We need to do more to close the economic gap. We need to do more to for education of impoverished communities. And that's what we should be striving for. I mean, when you talk about this great country of ours being the land of opportunity, it really needs to be the land of opportunity for everyone."

-- U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter, after the 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, on his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the black shirts containing the message "Be The Change" on the front and "Black Lives Still Matter" on the back he and his players and staff wore. (YouTube)
13 comments about "What They're Saying: Gregg Berhalter".
  1. John Bauman, February 1, 2021 at 6:38 a.m.

    Yes, black lives matter, lower case.  It is unfortunate thet the coach is unable to differentiate between a real need and a group that wishes to destroy the country that his team represents.

  2. Luis Sagastume, February 1, 2021 at 1:08 p.m.

    I agree with John. Stay out of politics and continue to improve. Congratulations on the win!!!!

  3. Ben Myers, February 1, 2021 at 2:59 p.m.

    The comment about a group that wishes to destroy the country is obtuse.  Any idea which group that is?

  4. Kevin Sims, February 1, 2021 at 4:34 p.m.

    Yes, there is a fair distinction between Black Lives Matter and black lives matter. Perhaps some bias is revealed to suggest Gregg speaks in capital letters? Leaders are right to use their platforms to stand for something, to use their voice to persuade in a positive direction. IMHO ... calling for equity and applying the promise of opportunity to all people is noble humanity, not politics.    

  5. R2 Dad, February 1, 2021 at 10 p.m.

    Prefer No Room For Racism from the EPL:

  6. Edward Toll, February 2, 2021 at 6:23 a.m.

    While I don't expect to change anyone's mind, in my view, the groups that stormed the Capitol to disrupt the democratic process (and the political leaders and media groups that perpetuate the many falsehoods that drove them) are doing more to destroy the country than the groups that are seeking constitutional rights for all citizens. I don't object to the M & WNT players and staff joining in the effort to improve lives and opportunities for disadvantaged people.

  7. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 10:21 a.m.

    Edward , " talking about disrupting the democratic process",which group(s) are you talking about, those groups of Antifa/BLM rioting that have been trying to destroy cities every night for  6months, since this summer, in which the mainstream media rarely covered it ,stating falsehoods to describe these sick efforts as 'mostly peaceful' riots. Or those groups, probably the same groups, that forced  the President and his family, on recommendations by the Secret Service, to go down into the White House basement for protection, because of the threat these idiots represented outside of the White House after burning part of church. 

    How 'bout' those Anti-Kavenaugh protesters taking over the Hart Senate Office Bldg. atrium at the Capitol Hill. Not too much of anything was made of that by the Media as disrupting the democratic process.

    How 'bout, democratic representive Aryanne Pressley stating" There should be unrest in the streets!" Or Pelosi, "I just don't know why there aren't uprisings all over the country. Maybe, there will be!" Hint ,Hint?. Or how 'bout' Maxine Waters, do you want me to give some of her inflammatory quotes? HUH?  Did you remember the rioting at Trump's inauguration burning a limousine, destruction of property,premeditated blockages to stop voters attending Trump's inauguration...

    Or are you really referring to a small group of "A-holes" (including an Antifa member(s)) in the crowd ,that didn't burn anything down or used guns to shoot people, but  got carried away, for one day, after the Trump stated " I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices hears ". Is that what you mean by Trump disrupting the democratic process?

  8. uffe gustafsson, February 2, 2021 at 6:17 p.m.

    its big difference between antifa and BLM
    antifa is a group of anarchists that don't give a damn of Democrats or Republicans they simply want to be outside of any government.
    BLM is about justice for especially black but also brown people. If you and others don't see the police brutality of Floyd on the ground and slowly getting killed.
    thats what many of us saw and went to the streets to say no more of this. That's BLM is all about and it's not only in this country but many other countries as well standing up to such abuse.
    thats what many politicians also saw and voiced their objections.
    T....p enciting storming of the capital building is something very different, that's insurrection of our democracy. And was done by lies of our democratic election. So it's not the same thing as citizens demonstrating killing of fellow citizens by police brutality. So don't clump togheter antifa with the BLM movements. Nobody likes antifa they don't care about BLM or any citizen movement only destruction.

  9. frank schoon replied, February 3, 2021 at 9:42 a.m.

    Uffe, I think you're being a little naive, BLM doesn't have clean hands in all this. Remember, " Pigs in a blanket ,fry'em like bacon", referring to killing cops. . To think they have only peaceful intentions to solve problems is laughable. Remember in Kenosha, where innocent business people and homeowners were arming themselves against the BLM riots and burnings.  BLM is Marxist organization that feeds on chaos. Oh, by the way, one of the people that broke into to the Capitol, named John Sullivan,a black person,  is founder of "Insurgence USA". He has a history of organizing violent Antifa and BLM protests. He was arrested recently for organizing a violent riot that ended in a shooting in Utah.

     And as far as Mr.Floyd goes, Yes, I was shocked too at the onset,but a lot more information has come out since then my opinion on this has changed quite a bit, so I say, let the trial begin and let all the facts come out. I've learned my lesson of judging too quickly after the Ferguson, 'fiasco' where an innocent cop's life was destroyed.

    Oh, since you find Antifa so despicable why hasn't one democrat denounced this group, why aren't they branded as "domestic terrorist", by democrats? Don't you find it strange? Do you find it strange that after Trump lost the election somehow all these riots have gone away or totally dissipated...

    Ok, if you find the storming of the Capitol by these Idiots ,Insurrection, then you must likewise find  what happened at the White House where the Secret Service forced Trump to go in a 'bunker mode', in the basement for fear of what might the protester might do also Insurrection. But apparently the Press didn't think so, no expression of Shock here, nothing to see here. Instead they were laughing and poking fun at Trump for having to go into the 'bunker'. But as soon a crowd entered the Capitol, it's Insurrection because it's the press's buddies whose  ox is being gored, having to find a bunker this time...hmmm, I find that a double standard in play.

    As far as Trump inciting storming of the Capitol, show me where in his speech he incited that...isn't   it interesting that you won't find anywhere the press quoting the so-called incitement rhetoric of what he said and also the press never showed what Trump stated in his speech, which is "  I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to PEACEFULLY and PATRIOTICALLY make your voices heard". 

  10. humble 1, February 5, 2021 at 11:49 a.m.

    Ok for folks express themselves here in USA still.  We are not in China, Russia, or Myanmar.  Please do carry on expressing yourselves, just don't tread on others rights to do the same when you do not agree with what they say, do or write.

  11. frank schoon replied, February 5, 2021 at 3:48 p.m.

    Humble , so true, I only wish Twitter, Facebook, Google would follow your advice.....

  12. Edward Toll, February 7, 2021 at 2:50 p.m.

    Frank - you make some fair points, and I don't condone looting and pillaging any more than you do.
    But I don't think the occupation of the Hart Building and the attack on the Capitol are in the same category. There were no fatalities, weapons or military style organization or tactics. In the Capitol invasion, there was an attempt to stop a legislative session using extreme violence based on the falsehood that Trump lost the election.
    Also, Trump told the crowd they had to "fight like hell" on January 6th, after days of encouraging people to come to Washington because "it's going to be wild." When the invasion began, he could have done much more to stop the attack, and even his statements in the aftermath were ambiguous.
    In my eyes, he and his family and Rudy were culpable.

  13. frank schoon replied, February 8, 2021 at 11:28 a.m.

    Edward, 'fight like hell", WOW! Compared to what the democratic politicians have said with their violent rhetoric towards Trump ,that's nothing. "To fight like hell", doesn't imply violence when it comes to politics, it is a metaphor, to work hard and fight to change the system and to fight like hell against the swamp.

      Let me give you another example, Chuck Schumer, threatened the Supreme Court. Try this, " I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you,Kavanaugh,You have released the whirlwind, AND YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE . You won't know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions" Nothing to see there according to the press but I can only imagine if Trump said this toward the Supreme court , what the ramifications would have been. But somehow when it comes from Democrats, 'eh', no big deal'. 

    Do you think the democrats were crying the blues, feeling embarrassed and terrible when everynight for 6months cities were faced with burning and rioting. Yeah ,sure, they were full of glee and amusement. They loved this chaos for it looks bad for Trump. As a matter of fact ,they did nothing, NO DENOUNCEMENTS by democrats, NOT EVEN BY ONE. The democratic mayors did absolutely nothing, didn't even want the National Guard to intervene, but just let it happen, allow the Chaos.   But don't allow a small group of A-holes enter the capitol and actually didn't do any damage other than perhaps steal some souveniers, and we have all a sudden 20,000 troops. We have totally cordoned off the Capitol with a wall and razor wire, lookin like  wall of East Berlin. WOW, what a response! Do you know how much damage , human , physical or otherwise occurred in those 6months everywhere in America by these domestic terrorists  caused as compared to the Capitol ;and compare the response to both, that's a joke.

    To blame Trump is a joke. There were over four hundred thousand Trump supporters who went to to the Capitol and after Trump told to go over there PEACEFULLY and PATRIOTICALLY,  and they did nothing wrong except for small group A-holes ,which you always have in a large crowd.    

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