Sports stars weigh in on George Floyd's death protest
George Floyd’s death has sparked humungous uproar all across the world that saw many sports stars weighing in on it.
Floyd was in handcuffs a week ago when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Derek Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
NBA legend and current Charolette Hornets owner Michael Jordan was seen resonating his anguish on this racial injustice and is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.’’ Jordan, in this series of event that saw several taking to streets across the United States again on Sunday, took to Twitter and released a statement on George Floyd and the killings of black people with the brutality of police.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” the former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner said in the statement posted on the Jordan brand’s social media accounts and the team’s Twitter account.
‘’I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.
‘’My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.’
Adding his voice to those of prominent sports stars, Los Angeles Lakers superstar, LeBron James, expressed outrage over George Floyd’s death.
In a twitter, King James wrote,” Why doesn’t America Love us!!!!!????? TOO
He also posted a question in Instagram that seemed relevant to the current protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Also, a few others from the NBA community rose their voice in support of George Floyd. Notably, Stephen Jackson, a friend of Floyd, went on a rally in his support. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie also took part in the rally.
Meanwhile, tennis stars were also seen joining the chorus of the protest. Serena Williams tweeted a video by Nike, which also sponsors Kaepernick, picking out the line: “Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America.”Two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka posted pictures of protests from Minneapolis on her Instagram account.
“Just because it isn’t happening to you doesn’t mean it isn’t happening at all,” wrote Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and whose father is Haitian.
“To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on too long feels good!!!” the 22-year-old tweeted.
On Instagram, rising US tennis star Coco Gauff, a 16-year-old African American, showed the faces of black Americans who died in recent years at the hands of authorities or white fellow citizens.
“Am I next?” Gauff asked.
Marcus Thuram joined an array of sporting personalities in protesting racism in the United States when he took a knee after scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
His gesture echoed past protests by National Football League players in the US in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
At half time, his club tweeted a photo with the caption: “No explanation needed.”After the game, Gladbach coach Marco Rose said Thuram had his backing.
“Marcus has made the point. He has set an example against racism that we all support,” Rose said.
Golf great Tiger Woods also spoke out for the first time since George Floyd’s death, saying his heart goes out to Floyd, his family and everyone who is hurting right now.
The 44-year-old golfer broke his silence with a statement on his Twitter account Monday night.
“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line,” Woods said.
“We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in, Woods said.
“I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society,” he added.
Leading athletes like, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and lot more of their ilk have also put out black photos on their respective sicial media accounts as a sign to protest the killing of George Floyd.
Much of the response has still been from distance. Multiple NBA coaches issued a statement condemning the Floyd’s killing and also announced a committee to combat racism. One of those coaches, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs has called out President Donald Trump for a lack of leadership in the face of nationwide unrest set off by the killing of unarmed African American George Floyd last week.
“The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism and we’ve seen it all before but nothing changes,” Popovich said.
“We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t,” Popovich said. “He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help because that’s what leaders do.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.