07:30 06 Aug 2019
Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya has called for an end to gun violence in the United States.
America was rocked on the weekend with news of two shooting massacres, one in which nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio and another in which 20 were slain at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas.
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Bedoya, after scoring the first goal in Union’s 5-1 win over DC United on Monday morning, sprinted toward the right sideline and shouted into a microphone: “Hey Congress, do something now,” he shouted. “End gun violence. Let’s go!”
Bedoya continued his comments in his postgame news conference after the Major League Soccer win.
“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,” Bedoya said.
“In this day and age in our society, I’m dropping my kids off at school and I’m looking around [as a] parent, thinking about exit strategy.
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“When I’m at the mall, when I’m at a movie theatre, when I’m at a concert, or a festival down the street, you know, big gatherings. 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.”
Bedoya said he didn’t plan the celebration but one of his friends from South Florida called on him to “use his platform” to speak on gun violence.
He also tweeted about the shootings before the game: “Seeing more thoughts and prayers bull [expletive],” Bedoya wrote.
“Words without actions are just worthless. America, it seems, is becoming a dystopian society. Do something! Enough!”