Championship player hits out at ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and taking the knee

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Nottingham Forest’s Lyle Taylor has hit out at the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and players taking the knee on BBC Radio Nottingham.

Nottingham Forest faced off against Cardiff City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup yesterday with Lyle Taylor’s strike in the 3′ minute being the difference as Forest won the game 1-0.

Lyle spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham after the game and had plenty to say about his own opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement as quoted by Nottinghamshire Live.

After the death of George Floyd in the US, the support of the Black Lives Matter movement rocketed up around the world with many sporting bodies choosing to take a knee in support before every match. Fans have recently been starting the conversation on the stopping of this act but very few footballers or managers have weighed in on the sensitive subject yet.

Lyle Taylor has broken his silence and revealed that he believes that taking the knee has been “diluted beyond belief” and

“My support for what is that we’re trying to achieve is absolute, but I do not support Black Live Matter as an institution or organisation,”

“I would request anyone looks into Black Lives Matter to look into what that organisation does and what they stand for because it’s scandalous that the world and the world’s media has got behind Black Lives Matter.”

“Not the message; of course black lives matter. [But] standing behind Black Lives Matter and all the institutions that have done that – the BBC, Sky, all of them saying Black Lives Matter – it’s not a good idea because of what the organisation stands for.

“The message overall is 100% important, don’t get me wrong on that… In terms of black lives actually mattering and black people being killed by police more frequently, that’s not a good thing.

“Black lives do matter, but you’ll never hear me say Black Lives Matter again in reference to that company.”

It’s important to not take his statement out of context with the striker repeating that “Black lives do matter” but he does not the ‘Black Lives Matter’ organisation.

Middlesbrough captain Britt Assombalonga seems to share a similar view and his manager Neil Warnock fully supported his view, will we see the same from the Forest men?

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