Alouettes march in peaceful rally against racism and police brutality in Montreal

Members of the Alouettes marched in Montreal’s peaceful rally against racism and police brutality on Sunday.

Among those in attendance were president Mario Cecchini, general manager Danny Maciocia, running back Tyrell Sutton, receiver B.J. Cunningham and offensive linemen Tony Washington along with Canadian Trey Rutherford. The Als joined thousands of people in the Montreal streets in La Belle Province supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Alouettes share the sentiment following the senseless murder of George Floyd, which happened in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. White police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes while he was handcuffed and restrained on the ground. The 46-year-old black man told Chauvin repeatedly: “I can’t breathe.” However, the pleas were ignored by Chauvin and it resulted in Floyd losing his life.

“Just trying to get some justice for George Floyd, trying to incite some change, I think the world really needs that right now, so I think that’s why we’re all here,” Rutherford said.

“A lot of people look up to athletes, people watch us play, it’s a good platform to let people know that we’re serious and it’s all facets of life that need to recognize this, what’s going on, so I think it’s a good avenue for everyone to learn.”

Montreal released a statement after the tragic death and ensuing protests for justice and equality:

Our thoughts are particularly with our players and our American employees at this moment, while we are shocked and saddened by the events which affect our neighbors. The Alouettes have always believed that diversity within our ranks is an integral part of our DNA. 

Racism has no place in our society and we hope that all efforts are made to put an end to it. To our players, many of you are role models, not only for your talent, but because of your perseverance which drives you to succeed, for your leadership and for making the right decisions under pressure. There is no greater pressure in life than what is happening now. We must open the way and end racism.

Led from the top of the franchise on down, the Als are doing their part in an effort to create change in society.