Alejandro Bedoya, the skipper of MLS side Philadelphia Union, has become the center of attraction in American football media, after he picked up an on field microphone and screamed a message at Congress: “End Gun Violence Now!”
During the match against DC United on Sunday at Audi Field, the attacking midfielder opened up the score sheet by the 3rd minute, and ran off to the corner spot, grabbed a field mic and shouted: “Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!”
Pablo Maurer, MLS writer posted the video on his official Twitter handle, praising the act. Check it out below-
So Ale Bedoya grabbed a field-level mic after scoring his goal and shouted, live on national television:
"HEY CONGRESS, DO SOMETHING. END GUN VIOLENCE NOW."
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) August 5, 2019
The USA international’s plead to congress refers to the two shootings that took place within 14 hours this weekend, one in El Paso, Texas and another in Dayton, Ohio, leaving a total of 29 people dead and several injured.
The 32 year old spoke on the massacre in post match interview, suggesting that its time people spoke up against the atrocities.
“To see that happen again, it’s absurd, I am not going to sit idly and watch this stuff and not say something,” he said.
“Before I’m an athlete and a soccer player, I am a human being, first. I have got kids – I can’t be the only one feeling the same way.
“Something has got to be done, it has got to the point where we have become numb to it, that is a big problem.” Bedoya added.
Bedoya comes from Parkland, Florida, wihich also has a history of gun based violence. Remembering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, where a gunman opened fire with a semi auto rifle, resulting in deaths of 17 students, back in 2018 February.