Mets first baseman Pete Alonso pledged he would be an ally for those facing racial discrimination, and on Monday he backed those words up.
Alonso, like many other athletes across social media, participated in #BlackoutFriday – posting a blank black image in solidarity of those standing up against systemic racism.
Yet, not everyone was pleased with Alonso’s stance.
A user commented “All Lives Matter,” which elicited this response from Alonso:
“Get out of here with that ignorance. Of course everybody’s life matters but we’re focusing on the wide spread racism in our country right now. The question is, why does the black lives matter movement bothers you enough to have to say all lives matter?”
The 2019 NL Rookie of the Year also defied MLB policy and had customized cleats made to honor the NYPD and FDNY on the anniversary of 9/11 last season.
Yet, the 25-year-old pointed out that it is possible to be supporters of both to others who tried to disagree with him.
“I’ve done a lot to thank our frontline workers and first responders and have never promoted violence,” he responded to another commenter. “It’s an amazing concept that you can be against the systematic racism in our country and fight for something to change as well as see the good in people and see what our first responders that have all citizens best interest at heart do for our communities.”