Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha, formerly of Manchester City and QPR, has said he never feels completely safe in the United States and has a “fear and distrust” of police in the country.
Speaking following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, the Nigerian-born Onuoha said he was “always wary of how I behave and how it could be viewed by people who have power”.
“I don’t like to say it but I have a fear and distrust towards police,” Onuoha, who moved to MLS in 2018, told the BBC. “I have loved living in this country but there’s (another) side … I never go out and feel 100% safe.”
Onuoha, who spent six years at Queen’s Park Rangers before joining Utah-based Real, said gun laws in the US had contributed to his fears. “In the UK I’m more comfortable because if something happens it probably will not be deadly. But over here because of their rights it’s more common that altercations become deadly.”
“I’m comfortable but when it comes to any kind of brutality, if it’s from the police, if they read me the wrong way then my life could be taken. I feel that every single day.” The 33-year-old added.