Georgetown became the first college basketball team to don the now-famous “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, wearing them during warmups before a 75-70 loss to Kansas on Wednesday night.
The black shirts, which have been worn by many NBA players and teams, pay tribute to Eric Garner, the New York City man who died in July after a police officer put him in a chokehold following an arrest for selling individual cigarettes.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III said his team had discussed doing something over the past week.
“We didn’t wear the shirts to say that the cops were wrong or the system was wrong,” Georgetown center Josh Smith said. “It was just to show our condolences to the family because, no matter how you look at it, we don’t know who was right or wrong but they still lost somebody and they won’t get that person back.”
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Kansas coach Bill Self said he was impressed by the gesture.
“It’s a pretty strong stance, but I think it’s pretty good,” Self said. “Certainly, it shows a lot of solidarity amongst their unit, and I don’t see anything negative with it at all.”