Several NBA and NFL players are now joining the #ICantBreathe protests. The phrase “I can’t breathe” was the last words of Eric Garner.
Eric Garner is a 43-year-old black American who died after police tried to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. Eric Garner, 43, was stopped on a street in New York on 17 July on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
After a confrontation with police he was wrestled to the ground and restrained by force. He became unresponsive and later died.
The #ICantBreathe protests all started after a grand jury announced that the arresting police officer will not face trial over Garner's death.
Officials found that Garner's death was caused by "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police". Asthma and heart disease also contributed to his untimely death.
#ICantBreathe Protests in NFL
|Johnson Bademosi #24 of the Cleveland Browns displays a message protesting the death of Eric Gardner death prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio (AFP Photo / Jason Miller)|
R.I.P Eric Garner pic.twitter.com/i84grny7pR
— Davin Joseph (@DavinJoseph75) December 7, 2014
Respect to Reggie Bush for standing in solidarity with the people. #EricGarner #ICantBreathe (photo: @MearsDaniel) pic.twitter.com/KARlAl5oYK
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 7, 2014
#ICantBreathe Protests in NBA
LeBron James with #ICantBreathe Shirt
Photo: LeBron James during warmups sporting the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt. #ICantBreathe pic.twitter.com/MyzNjbqy9A
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 9, 2014
Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and the Brooklyn Nets with Jay-Z wearing I Cant Breathe Shirts
|Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wears a shirt reading ''I Can't Breathe'' while warming up for a game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 6, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago. Chris Sweda/TNS/Zuma|