NFL players wore “I Can’t Breathe” messages Sunday to protest a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush and Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi had the message on their shirts as they warmed up before their games Sunday. St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Davin Joseph wore the message on his cleats.
The phrase has become a rallying cry for protests against police violence in the wake of the death of the New York man, who died after a police officer placed him in a chokehold while he was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
In a video of the arrest, Garner is heard gasping, “I can’t breathe.” On Wednesday, a grand jury decided that it would not indict the officer
Saturday night, Derrick Rose of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls wore the message during warmups before his team’s game.