The nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death hit close to home for Dale Murphy on Sunday evening.
The Alpine resident, an 18-year major league outfielder and two-time National League MVP with the Atlanta Braves, tweeted Sunday that his son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting.
“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,” tweeted Murphy, who later noted this incident took place in Denver, not Salt Lake City, where protests turned violent Saturday afternoon.
Murphy added, “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protesters shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER. Others were not so lucky and will be permanently disabled due to excessive police force.”
Murphy continued his Twitter thread by urging people to donate to a Black Lives chapter or to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.
Fox News reported that Murphy’s son Tyson was hit by the rubber bullet.