D.C. United paints 'I can't breathe' on Audi Field
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Washington D.C.'s Major League Soccer (MLS) team D.C. United on Sunday unveiled a statement in support of the protests over George Floyd's death: giant letters reading "I can't breathe" on the team's Audi Field turf.

A tweet from the team Sunday afternoon showed members of the organization posing on the field around the massive statement, which dwarfed the players in size and also declared "BLM," an acronym for "Black Lives Matter." The move is the team's latest show of support for the demonstrations that have rocked cities across the U.S., including Washington.


"We stand United as a club against each and every form of racism. We’re deeply upset and vehemently condemn the actions that led to the death of George Floyd and all the racially charged violent acts that have taken the lives of countless other black Americans before him," the team previously said in a statement released in late May.

"We demand change. Change that does not just happen by seeing and understanding the wrong that is occurring, but by listening and learning from our fellow community members, and individually and collectively standing up and speaking out," DC United continued.

Floyd's death has sparked demonstrations and calls for change around the country after video showed a white police officer with his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes, despite Floyd being handcuffed and on the ground. One police officer has been charged with second-degree murder over the incident; three others face lesser charges.