Athletes Wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts for Eric Garner Protest

Reggie Bush I Can't Breathe

As America continues to protest the New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, several professional athletes showed their solidarity over the weekend by wearing t-shirts that read “I Can’t Breathe.”

The quote “I can’t breathe” were the last words of Garner, who died when he was placed in an illegal chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo as he was being arrested.

Wearing a shirt with Garner’s last words, Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush showed his support of the protest during warmups ahead of his game Sunday.

“It’s just a terrible situation, you know what I mean,” Bush said, according to ESPN. “It’s just unfortunate that this is still happening and that it is still going on and it affects everybody. It doesn’t just affect me, it affects everybody and we’re all in this together.”

Other NFl stars including Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi and San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram joined the cause by wearing t-shirts as well. St. Louis Rams offensive linemen Davin Joseph opted to write the message on his cleats.

Also in the NFL, several members of the Rams made headlines early last week when they entered the field with their hands in the air in “don’t shoot” poses, protesting a grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot unarmed Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

The celebrity support doesn’t stop with just NFL players. NBA stars have also used their platform to show support as well. On Saturday, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt.

Protest by the athletes are only a fraction of the nationwide protests sparked by grand jury decisions to not indict officers in the cases of Garner and Brown.

Take a look at some of the photos below!

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Derrick Rose I Can't Breathe

Rams Don't Shoot Pose

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