Reggie Bush supports Eric Garner with message on shirt

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Detroit — Following the lead of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, Lions running back Reggie Bush showed support for Eric Garner in pregame warmups before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bush's pregame shirt featured the message "I CAN'T BREATHE" written in black marker, a reference to Garner, a New York man who died in July after a police officer put him in a choke hold.

Garner was being arrested for selling loose cigarettes, and a video recording of the arrest showed him saying, "I can't breathe," while being detained.

Before the Bulls hosted the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Rose wore a shirt with the same message.

The shirts are a way for the popular Bush and Rose to create awareness about Garner's death. A Staten Island grand jury cleared Officer Daniel Pantaleo of all charges related to Garner's death.

Bush has also been outspoken on social media about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Bush started for the Lions Sunday after missing the past three games with an ankle injury.

Bush said he didn't clear his decision with coach Jim Caldwell, but Caldwell did support it.

"I believe in it," Caldwell said. "I'd be a hypocrite if I stood up here and told you any differently because more than likely some of those protests that Dr. King and some of the others that took part in, non-violent protests, is the reason why I'm standing in front of you today. Absolutely, no question about it, I don't mind it"