Black Lives Matter Mural Could Greet Trump When He Throws Out First Pitch
On August 15th, Donald Trump plans to throw out the first pitch at a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The event is already somewhat controversial. Now, the president may be greeted by a Black Lives Matter mural when he shows up for his ceremonial role.
According to CNN, Donald Trump previously decided against throwing out the first pitch at a World Series game, because he felt the equipment he’d have to wear would make him “look too heavy.” However, as professional sporting events resume amid the pandemic — this one will have no fans present to view the game in-person — the president has decided to participate.
However, he said earlier this week that the game “is over” for him as soon as a player kneels in protest. As the season opens, teams are already openly expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and amplifying the call for equal justice. The Yankees have also issued a statement supporting Black Lives Matter.
Statement from the New York Yankees. pic.twitter.com/SSRlZ8j51F
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 8, 2020
As for the Yankees game next month, Trump’s appearance is already controversial. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said that inviting him was a mistake, according to ABC7NY. In a statement, Diaz declared “We all deserve better than a careless Major League Baseball organization that consistently ignores the surrounding community while pandering to an unapologetic white supremacist like Donald Trump.”
Now, Newsweek reports that Diaz has suggested a solution: he’d like a Black Lives Matter mural outside Yankee Stadium, prepared to greet the president when he arrives.