Chicago forward CJ Sapong shares personal experience of racism in US

Chicago Fire striker C.J Sapong has joined a host of sports figures in the fight against racism in America.

Born in the US to Ghanaians parents, Sapong has disclosed his personal experiences with racism and has called on people of colour to take action against inequality.

In an Instagram chat with former teammate and current Colorado Rapids forward Kei Kamara, the duo discussed a wide range of issues on being black in America.

Sapong is now part of the growing number of sports stars who have voice support for protests against police brutality and have been calling for ‘justice’ over the death of Floyd.

Floyd died in police custody this week and a video of his arrest – which has gone viral on social media showing a 44-year-old white officer, Derek Chauvin, subdued Floyd by placing his knee on his neck for a prolonged period until Floyd was rendered motionlessness.

The officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe”, has since been arrested and is facing murder and manslaughter charges.

Protestors have marched in the streets of major cities across the world, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, calling for justice over Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality.

Police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after the death of Mr Floyd who begged for air while being arrested. 

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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