Pro sports teams are taking a strong stand against police brutality and systemic racism, and that includes the New York Mets.
In a game Thursday night against the Miami Marlins, both teams walked off the field after a 42-second moment of silence, the night before Jackie Robinson Day.
According to MLB.com, as starting time approached, Black players Dominic Smith and Billy Hamilton led the Mets onto the field. The Mets pitcher took off his hat while on the mound, and the rest of both teams lined up outside their dugouts. They observed the moment of silence to honor all victims of police violence, from the most recent Jacob Blake to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.
A Marlins outfielder then placed a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt on home plate, and then they all left the field.
It comes after members of the NBA, WNBA, other MLB teams, and other pro athletes postponed or canceled their games in order to send a message for change.
“It makes me real proud that they’re standing against something that shouldn’t be happening,” Mets manager Luis Rojas told the MLB. “I stand against racism and stand against injustice.”
Watch the powerful moment here:
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