48 hours later, the world remains in shock after another act of far right terrorism left at least 20 people dead after a shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.
Outrage about the incident trickled into the world of sport last night, when Philadelphia Union player and US international Alejandro Bedoya picked up a pitchside microphone after a 3rd minute goal and appealed for US Congress to take action to prevent further incidents.
Alejandro Bedoya scored a goal, grabbed the mic and said “HEY CONGRESS, DO SOMETHING. END GUN VIOLENCE NOW”
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) August 5, 2019
'Hey Congress, do something. End gun violence,' he shouted.
He spoke further about his feelings after the match.
“I’m not going to sit idly and watch this stuff and not say something. Before I’m an athlete, before I’m a soccer player, I’m a human being first,” he said. “Something’s got to be done. It’s gotten to the point where it’s, we’ve almost become numb to it. That’s a big problem.”
As you've seen by now, Alejandro Bedoya didn't just have a few words to say tonight about gun violence, he had a lot of them. Here's a transcript of his remarks on the subject:https://t.co/HoZcTRdZdw pic.twitter.com/DGQbJMx5B8
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) August 5, 2019
Bedoya is a first generation Colombian-America and the captain of his club.