September 25, 2022

‘I have a stomach ache’: LA Galaxy star Sacha Kljestan pleads for gun control in emotional press conference after Highland Park massacre as he says he ” don’t give ***” to talk about football in the middle of a ‘vicious and sick cycle’

  • LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan used his media duties to talk about gun control
  • The 36-year-old revealed the lack of action in the United States ‘makes me sick’
  • Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, 22, is suspected of killing six people in Chicago
  • The Highland Park massacre is the 15th massacre in the country in 2022

LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan used his post-match press conference to advocate for new gun laws after the Highland Park massacre in Illinois.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, 22, is suspected of killing six people and injuring more than a dozen others during a July 4 parade. The United States has now seen 309 massacres this year.

Speaking after his side’s 4-0 win over CF Montreal. which he played 13 minutes, Kljestan sat down in front of reporters and said: “I’m actually going to be very brief and not answer any questions about the game. I’m not kidding.

“My stomach hurts from what happened in Illinois today and I think we need to talk about gun control. You can write about the game if you want, but I don’t really give any ***.

“It’s a vicious, sick cycle that keeps repeating itself and we don’t do anything about it, and it makes me sick.

LA Galaxy midfielder Sacha Kljestan has spoken out about the Highland Park massacre during his media duties

Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III is pictured being arrested after an hours-long manhunt in Illinois

Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III is pictured being arrested after an hours-long manhunt in Illinois

Crimo, 22, is suspected of killing six people and injuring more than a dozen others during a parade on July 4

Crimo, 22, is suspected of killing six people and injuring more than a dozen others during a parade on July 4

“Congress, senators, if anyone sees this, do something.” Our kids get shot, we say “thoughts and prayers” and it doesn’t matter. We talk about it on social networks and it does nothing. And then our government does nothing and then someone gets shot again.

“It’s sick, it pisses me off and I can’t think of anything but that.

“I’m not a politician but I’m a human being and my kids, I’m scared for them when they go to school and it pisses me off. If that doesn’t piss you off, if you don’t want new gun laws in this country, then there’s something wrong with you.

A member of the press kit then referred to the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, again giving states the option to criminalize abortion.

“It’s ridiculous that we have nine people who don’t really represent what the majority of Americans want to make decisions,” the 36-year-old replied. “Then depriving women of freedoms and putting everyone’s life at risk by allowing these senseless laws.”

The 36-year-old also spoke about the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v Wade

The 36-year-old also spoke about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v Wade

Armed police search the vehicle after Crimo was arrested following a brief chase in Lake Forest yesterday

Armed police search the vehicle after Crimo was arrested following a brief chase in Lake Forest yesterday

Kljestan was then asked if he had talked to his children about these issues. “It’s sick,” he added. “They tell me they practice at school if there’s a shooter coming in. It’s sad.”

Crimo, a rapper supporting Donald Trump with a seemingly successful music career, has been arrested after a lengthy manhunt involving local and federal authorities.

Police said he was ‘known to law enforcement’ but it is not yet clear whether this was due to the disturbing content he shared online which has now taken on chilling prominence following shooting.

So far, synagogue teacher Jacki Sundheim, a married mother, and grandfather Nicolas Toledo, 78, have been named as victims.

A total of 26 victims were also injured, 25 of whom suffered gunshot wounds. Six remain in hospital for treatment. The age range of the victims is between eight and 85, with around four or five of those shot believed to be children.

Independence Day horror: A police officer bows his head in grief next to abandoned strollers and chairs after a shooting that killed six people in Highland Park, Illinois

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