LA Galaxy midfielder Sasha Kelgestan made an emotional plea for gun control at an emotional press conference after the mass shooting in Illinois.
Kljestan’s enthusiastic appeal comes after the recent shooting in the United States, in which six people were killed in an attack on an independence parade in Highland Park.
Kljestan, who played 13 minutes into his team’s victory over CF Montreal, used his media duties to demand new gun laws amid the country’s 15th mass killing in 2022.
The 36-year-old midfielder said: “I’m going to keep this really brief and not answer any questions about the game. I’m not kidding.
“I’m sick of my stomach for what happened in Illinois today and I think we need to talk about gun control. You guys can write about the game if you want to, but I don’t give a damn.
“It’s a sick, vicious cycle that goes on over and over again and we don’t do anything about it, and it makes me sick.”
He added: “Congress, senators, if anyone sees this – do something. Our children are shot, we say ‘ideas and calls’ and do nothing. We talk about them on social media and they do nothing. The government does nothing and then they are shot. on someone again.
“He’s sick, he’s bothering me and I can’t think of anything else other than that.
“I’m not a politician but I’m a human being and my kids, I fear for them when they go to school and that displeases me. If that doesn’t bother you, if you don’t want a new weapon, the laws in this country then there’s something wrong with you.”
She is not the first high-profile American sports figure to come out in support of gun control.