Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Georgetown the first college team to wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts (PHOTOS)

They've already made their debuts in the NFL and NBA, and now, The Georgetown Hoyas are the first college team to wear "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts during their pre-game warmups.

The entire Hoyas roster took its final pregame warmup Wednesday night in black shirts with white letters before their game against No. 10 Kansas. A team spokesman told the decision to wear the shirts was made collectively between the players.

The "I Can't Breathe" quote on the T-shirts are in reference to the last words uttered by Eric Garner, a New York man who died in July after he was placed in a choke hold by police officers for selling cigarettes on the street.

It's sort of ironic that Georgetown is the first college team to join the"I Can't Breathe" movement with this public display of free speech because for much of the '80s and early 90's, coach John Thompson's Hoya Paranoia philosophy kept his players muzzled when it came to voicing their opinions to the media.

Although the Hoyas program — now coached by Thompson's son, John Thompson Jr. — was once an in-your-face symbol of urban culture in Washington, D.C. area, some things have not changed.

Only the symbolic Georgetown jacket has been replaced by a T-shirt — and it fits them well.

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