United States men’s national team midfielder Weston McKennie might have been the first professional athlete to take his protest of George Floyd’s death to the playing field.
Now, he’s speaking out against President Donald Trump. In an interview with German outlet Sport Bild, McKennie — who plays for Bundesliga club Schalke 04 — questioned Trump’s ability and commitment to leading the country, and said he believes Trump can be called a racist.
The 21-year-old McKennie received his first USMNT cap in 2017, and is one of several American players to make their name in Germany. A native of Texas, McKennie is part of the younger USMNT generation that could define the future of American soccer.
McKennie isn’t the first member of the USMNT to criticize Trump, as captain Michael Bradley defender said “there isn’t a moral bone in his body” and DeAndre Yedlin called him “the worst possible person” to handle a situation like Floyd’s death.