Mets' Pete Alonso Will 'Fight' for Those Facing Discrimination

John Healy
May 31, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Pete Alonso has quickly become a vocal leader among New York athletes since he made his MLB debut with the Mets last season, and the 25-year-old first baseman stepped into that role again this weekend.

Alonso, like many other professional athletes, voiced his outrage over the death of George Floyd – who died in police custody while a Minneapolis officer’s knee pinned down Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes – and said he will be an ally to those who face racial discrimination.

For the past couple of days, I've struggled to wrap my mind around what's happening," Alonso wrote on his Instagram story. "I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because (of) the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter days after Floyd’s death.

Alonso's comments come at a time where more and more athletes are taking a larger role in speaking out against injustice, with some athletes even participating in the protests that have erupted in several cities across the nation.