Notre Dame women wear 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Players for fifth-ranked Notre Dame came out for pregame warmups Saturday wearing ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' T-shirts.

Notre Dame spokesman Chris Masters said the players wore the black shirts with the words ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' in white letters with the support of coach Muffet McGraw and the university administration.

The Irish join a growing list of teams wearing similar shirts in support of the family of Eric Garner, who died in July after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold while trying to arrest him.

The players wore the shirts while warming up and during the playing of the national anthem. Starters took them off for the pregame introductions while the reserves kept them on.

The 18th-ranked California women warmed up for their game against Long Beach State wearing black shirts with the name of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy fatally shot last month in Cleveland. Across the back of the shirts was hashtag (hash)blacklivesmatter.

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