In response to the death of George Floyd and weeks of nationwide protesting, a group of current and former Black baseball players put together a video calling for an end to racial injustice.
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Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick and starter Joe Ross joined an assortment of stars that included New York Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts to produce the 56-second video, which went live Monday.
"We've been told that our pleas for peace were not made at the right time, at the right place, in the right way," the players said. "We've been told to ‘wait,' but we remember when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned us that the word ‘wait' has almost always meant ‘never.'
"We will wait no longer. We will make our voices louder. For all of us who can and for all of those who could not. 8:46 is enough time to lift a knee, to do what's right, to do something, to say something, to acknowledge the pain of the Black community."
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who lived in Minnesota, was killed after being pinned under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer for eight minutes and 46 seconds. His death sparked a rejuvenation of the Black Lives Matter movement, prompting teams and athletes to speak out in support of racial equality.
Players posted the video on Twitter with the caption, "One Team. One Dream. #Players4BLM."
Correction (7:45 p.m.): Joe Ross's name was mistakenly left out of the original story. The article was updated to reflect his participation in the video.
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