Ex-MLBer Dale Murphy Says His Son Was Shot in Eye with Rubber Bullet at Protests

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy stands on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during Opening Day at Turner Field on April 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Former Major League Baseball NL MVP Dale Murphy revealed Sunday night that his son, Tyson, “was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd” Saturday night in Denver, but the eye was saved by protective goggles:

Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

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.

Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

As terrible as this experience has been, we know 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.

Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

Please consider taking action for a more just world. You can protest peacefully. You can donate to your local @Blklivesmatter chapter, the @NAACP_LDF or read this guide for other ways to help protestors. https://t.co/tdA8npGEym

The 64-year-old shared a photo of his son as well as a drawing his son drew of Floyd:

Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

Drawing by @Tysmurph https://t.co/k0DQpueCIU https://t.co/EEDEisVS3W https://t.co/wdoRQ5WY9P

Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody Monday. Since-fired Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter Friday, knelt on the back of the unarmed 46-year-old’s neck for minutes during the arrest. Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Protests surrounding police brutality and racial injustice have erupted nationwide over the weekend.

Murphy played for the Atlanta Braves (1976-90), Philadelphia Phillies (1990-92) and Colorado Rockies (1993) en route to seven All-Star nods, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards and two NL MVPs.

Murphy stated he is “firmly behind the peaceful protesters and those marching for justice.”