A Chelsea official was awkwardly forced to step in to stop Christian Pulisic from answering a question about gun control during the club's pre-season tour of the US this week.
The American international has spoken out about guns in the past and even led the men's national team in penning a letter to Congress asking for stricter gun control legislation following several mass shootings.
After the Blues landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the third leg of their tour of the States, a British reporter asked Pulisic for his "thoughts on the gun situation" in the country during a press conference, prompting the 23-year-old to exchange a painful glance with a club official off camera.
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He managed to sidestep the question after the official insisted it was neither the time nor the place to wade into politics.
Pulisic and his USA team-mates all wore orange armbands during their friendly match against Uruguay last month to show support for tighter gun control in the wake of the Texas school shooting two weeks prior which resulted in the death of 19 students and two teachers.
"I hope you guys can all realise why we did it. I think people can say ‘It’s not the guns, it’s the people,’ but we have to start somewhere. And [the letter] was where we wanted to start," Pulisic said after the game.
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Pulisic's long-term future at Stamford Bridge is up in the air having spent much of Thomas Tuchel's reign either coming on from the bench or playing out of position.
The fact that Chelsea don't usually operate with natural wingers has stifled Pulisic's effectiveness over the past season-and-a-half, though the American did play a vital role in the Blues' Champions League-winning campaign in 2021.
Raheem Sterling's arrival means he now has an even bigger fight for game-time on his hands than he did before, but with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech both heavily linked with an exit, that might not be the case soon.
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