Great NBA player Michael Jordan has released a statement in response to nationwide demonstrations against.
“I am deeply sad, really tormented and just angry,” said Jordan in the statement that was shared on Twitter. “I see and feel the pain, indignation and frustration of everyone.” The Hall of Famer testifies after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minnesota who sparked nationwide protests.
George Floyd died on Monday after a Minneapolis policeman held him to the ground and pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. The video of the incident shows Floyd asking “I can’t breathe”. Four officials involved were fired, one, Derek Chauvin, is nowand homicide.
Floyd’s death sparked protests in Minneapolis, which have now spread across the country.
“I stand by those who proclaim deep-rooted racism and violence against colored people in our country. We have enough,” said Jordan in his statement, which was released on Sunday after several days of unrest.
“I have no answers, but our collective voices show strength and inability to be shared by others. We have to listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We have to continue peacefully expressing injustice and calling for accountability. Our unified voice has to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or we have to use our voice to bring about systemic changes, “he continues.
Jordan added that his heart belongs to George Floyd’s family “and the countless others whose lives have been brutally and meaninglessly taken from racist and unjust acts.”
He joins a growing list of professional athletes who spoke out after Floyd’s death.
Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick released a statement on social media last week. saying: “If politeness leads to death, riot is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain, and if they do, they will fall on deaf ears because your violence has brought about this resistance. We have the right to be defend. ” ! ” He’s also support a legal defense initiative for those he calls Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis.
Kaepernick’s football career was interrupted after he protested police brutality and racial injustices during the national anthem before the NFL games in 2016.
Last Tuesday, LeBron Jamesfrom Chauvin who kneels on Floyd’s neck and Kaepernick who kneels during the national anthem and writes: “Do you understand NOW !! ?? !! ?? Or is it still blurry for you?”
The next day, the NBA star released a photo of himself in 2014 with a “I can’t breathe” t-shirt after the death of Eric Garner, a black man who repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” when he was mortally strangled by an NYPD officer. It’s the same words that Floyd uttered in his last moments last week.
Stephen Curry, an NBA star, went on Instagram to share an explanation: “George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die,” wrote Curry. “George asked for help and was simply ignored, which speaks loudly and clearly that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George was not a person for this cop who slowly and deliberately took his life.”