ESPN celebrated the return of the ESPY awards with a strong message in regards to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion as Russell Wilson stood as much as ‘inequality and racism.’

Russell Wilson, 31, is advocating for everlasting change amidst the worldwide Black Lives Matter motion, particularly for step son Future, 6, daughter Sienna, 3, and his unborn child with spouse Ciara. “I have a look at my kids and I pray for a greater future,” the Seattle Seahawks star stated through the 2020 ESPY Awards, which aired on Sunday, June 21. “A world the place the colour of their brown doesn’t cease them from their calling, from their objective and their future…I pray for a world the place I don’t must worry for my kids resulting from systemic racism from a whole bunch of years of oppression. The one factor that should die is racism,” he urged in his highly effective speech.

In the course of the second — which additionally included phrases by his fellow ESPY hosts, USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe and WNBA participant Sue Chicken, Russell paid tribute to among the best Black athletes in historical past. “Jackie Robinson went from taking part in within the Negro leagues to grow to be the primary Black man to play in Main League Baseball at a time when segregation was authorized,” Russell — sporting a poignant BLM t-shirt — stated. “Muhammad Ali, the GOAT, went in opposition to the institution…Serena Williams has spent her life dominating the court docket, but it surely’s her braveness to talk out in opposition to inequality and racism that has made her a voice of our era,” Russell continued.

Russell Wilson, Ciara and their youngsters Future and Sienna. (Shutterstock)

“‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’ — these had been George Floyd‘s final phrases. Ahmaud Arbery was simply going out for a run and by no means got here house. Breonna Taylor was at house in mattress,” the Seahawks star continued went on, as their pictures flashed throughout the display screen in tribute. 2020 has been a tumultuous yr within the skilled sports activities world, with each main league — together with the NFL, NHL and NBA — having to halt their seasons as a result of outbreak of COVID-19. {Many professional} athletes have since used their voices to be activists through the Black Lives Matter motion, and this years’ ESPY Awards was a mirrored image what is going on in our world right this moment.

“Impressed by the extraordinary acts of heroism and humanitarian support taking place around the globe, The 2020 ESPYS will shift its customary focus from excellent athletic achievement with the intention to additional spotlight narratives of service, perseverance, and braveness from throughout the world of sports activities,” a launch by ESPN learn forward of the occasion.

A protestor is seen holding a ‘Black Lives Matter’ flag. (REX/Shutterstock)

The Black Lives Matter motion has grow to be a world matter of dialog, sparking protests following the homicide of 46-year-old George Floyd, who was an unarmed Black man. Many A-Listing athletes have been vocal in regards to the trigger, together with Los Angeles Laker star LeBron James, 35. “Do you perceive NOW!!??!!?? Or is it nonetheless blurred to you??” he wrote on Instagram, captioning a side-by-side picture of officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, subsequent to a picture of a kneeling Colin Kaepernick, 32.