Sports stars honour shul shooting victims

TRIBUTE: Brazilian side Corinthians had the names of the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre printed on their shirts

SPORTING stars have paid tribute to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

New England Patriots star Julian Edelman appeared at a post-game media scrum sporting an Israel baseball team cap.

Team Israel wore the cap at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, where its Cinderella run took the team to the second round.

“I just want to let people in Pittsburgh know, that I’m thinking about them,” American football player Edelman said.

“I’m sending good thoughts and [they’re] in our prayers . . . It was a big hit to the community and it’s uncalled for, so I’m just letting them know, hey, I’m behind you and I’m supporting you.”

After the shooting, Edelman, whose father is Jewish, tweeted that his heart was “broken for the families in Pittsburgh”.

He added: “It’s hard to even imagine such senselessness. As a Jew, an American and a human, I’m devastated. We are with you, Pittsburgh. #treeoflifesynagogue.” (sic)

The Patriots are owned by Jewish businessman Robert Kraft.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who knew two of the victims, wore boots during Sunday’s game with the club’s logo redrawn to include a Star of David and the phrase “Stronger than Hate”.

The Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-16.

The day after the shooting, the Steelers held a moment of silence before their game against the Cleveland Browns.

Roethlisberger is close with Michele Rosenthal, the sister of the two brothers killed in the shooting.

She worked with the Steelers’ community relations and with Roethlisberger’s foundation. Roethlisberger and dozens of current and former players and coaches had attended the funeral on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team wore Stronger than Hate patches on their shirts for last week’s matches.

The players autographed the shirts, which were auctioned to benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety to benefit police officers wounded during the attack.

Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team also wore the patches on their shirts.

In Brazil, Corinthians football team had the names of the victims printed on the back of their shirts for their 1-0 defeat to Botafogo in the Brazilian Championship.

“The massacre in Pittsburgh during the Jewish religious service has hurt our fundamental values,” Corinthians president Andres Sanchez said.

“That’s why we took the decision to honour the victims of this irrational act of violence and call for all peoples to co-exist in harmony and respect of differences.”

In partnership with the Sao Paulo Jewish Federation, the shirts will be auctioned to raise money for a monument against intolerance.

The rest will be donated to Ten Yad, a Jewish charity fighting hunger in Brazil.

“These things cannot be repeated. Each of us must be an example aiming at a better world. Remembering and repulsing acts of prejudice is the best way to fight such outbreaks of barbarity. Baruch Dayan Haemet,” Sanchez added.

Persio Bider, president of the Organised Jewish Youth organisation, said: “It is an unprecedented initiative. As a Jewish activist and a Corinthians supporter, I feel honoured and greatly represented by understanding that the message against hatred against Jews must be emphasised and disseminated for all.”

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