Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin may step away from the USMNT if he doesn’t feel Black people are treated equally.
With the Premier League returning this week, the issue of racial inequality has been center stage in England. The back of every player’s kit says Black Lives Matter and a lot of players have kneeled before kickoff in opposition to the systematic racism facing Black people around the world. This latest resurgence of protests and public statements come from the killing of George Floyd in the United States and that makes it an especially powerful topic for Newcastle United’s right-back.
DeAndre Yedlin, the only American on the Newcastle roster, has been outspoken in recent weeks about the injustice that exists for Black people in the United States. Now, he’s gone as far as to say his national team career may rely on changes coming to fruition. It’s one of those waiting games to see if a change does happen,” Yedlin told Sky Sports. “But if things go as they stand it’s hard for me as an African American male to represent a country that does things like this where all people aren’t equal.”
Yedlin also told Sky, “There’s no amount of money that can make me shut up about something I think is wrong.”
He’s been a mainstay at right-back for the United States men’s national team for years. He’s represented the Stars & Stripes in the World Cup, Gold Cup, and other competitions. The speedster has tallied 62 caps for the USMNT.
He added that he doesn’t care if President Trump doesn’t watch the United States soccer teams after a policy forcing players to stand was reversed, angering the President. If he doesn’t feel changes are made to provide equality for Black people in America, we may have seen the last of Yedlin in the Red, White, and Blue.