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Hitting coach Rick Eckstein, greeting Bryce Harper after a home run Sunday against the New York Mets, has watched the Nationals hit 132 homers in 122 games. They had 112 in the same number of games last season. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Hitting coach Rick Eckstein, greeting Bryce Harper after a home run Sunday against the New York Mets, has watched the Nationals hit 132 homers in 122 games. They had 112 in the same number of games last season. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.