Former Atlanta Braves All-Star Dale Murphy took to Twitter on Sunday night to say that his son had been shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while he was "peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd" in Denver.
Murphy, who played 15 seasons in Atlanta, did not identify which of his seven sons was injured. Fox News identified him as Tyson.
"His story is not unique," Murphy wrote. "Countless others have also experienced this use of excessive police force while trying to have their voices heard."
Murphy posted a photo of his son's injury and credited one stranger for handing out goggles to protesters and another for driving his son to the emergency room.
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"Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER," Murphy wrote. "Others were not so lucky and will be permanently disabled due to excessive police force."
Murphy said his son's experience was "terrible" but that "it's practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force."
The two-time National League MVP and seven-time All-Star also called for people to consider taking action for "a more just world" by peacefully protesting and donating to Black Live Matter or the NAACP.
"If you're a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself," Muprhy wrote. "You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable."
In 18 seasons in the majors, Murphy batted .265 with 398 home runs and 1,266 RBI. He was the NL most valuable player in 1982 and '83.
Last night, my son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd. His story is not unique. Countless others have also experienced this use of excessive police force while trying to have their voices heard.
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