During this time of protest, which reached its tipping point due to the murder of 46-year-old black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen has used his time away from coaching to understand just what's going on in society while also educating his children in the process.
“My parental hat comes on quickly in these times and making sure my kids have some type of grasp of what’s going on and why,” Olsen told the Washington Post.
"It’s so complex talking about the systematic failure in this country that’s boiled over to these moments. It’s a tough one for me to truly grasp because of my privilege," Olsen continued.
"I’ll say this: The conversations I have to have with my [white] children are a lot easier than the conversations some of my [black or Hispanic] neighbors have to have with their children."
Olsen, 42, and his wife, Megan, have three children -- ages six to 11. And even for a professional coach who has to manage and teach 14 very different players and personalities every day, discussing what's going on in society with his children is no easy task.
“I don’t know if I am able to explain it to them in the right way," Olsen said. "It’s such a f---ed up time, man.”
In the midst of everything going on, MLS has finally approved a proposal that' will allow the league to avoid a lockout and return to play the 2020 season in a different form at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon. However, don't expect that to completely shift Olsen's attention from the current social climate.
“Soccer is, in a lot of ways, on the back burner to the virus and what is going on in my neighborhood and these struggles in our community,” Olsen said. “I’m not sure how to process 2020."
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