Floyd, a black man, died in police custody on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine straight minutes (a video of which spread across the internet). Since, mass protests have taken root across the United States, including in Chicago.
In the statement, Nancy and Michael Reinsdorf expressed condolences to the families of those mourning, condemned racism in any form and called for action towards equality and justice for all.
“The events of the past weeks have been disturbing and challenging for us all. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the incident with Christian Cooper, were gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. The Bulls organization sends our condolences to these families who have been caused unthinkable grief and to all those who suffer because of these terrible incidents.
“All too often, after these tragedies we talk but the conversations don’t result in any meaningful changes. Our communities can’t move forward or hope for peace when we’re constantly hitting the reset button after each incident. Everyone deserves to feel safe, to be respected and to be able to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, that’s not the kind of world we live in.
“We are angry, sad and confused. Racism in any form is wrong, and what we see happening makes us want to take action. We know that’s the same for a lot of people. But anger isn’t about destruction. Lawless actions won’t bring better understanding, and they don’t honor the lives that have been lost. We should use our energy and efforts to come together to build a better Chicago that stands for equality and justice for all.
“There is a crisis in our country, and we need to redouble our efforts and work harder than ever. We have to rise above our differences and come together to affect real change for the future; otherwise we’re going to see the past repeat itself again. We have to listen to each other, act with love and be intentional and relentless in our pursuit of a better world. It is time. We at the Chicago Bulls organization are committed to working together to stand for real change. We can do this together.”
Saturday, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White also voiced their reactions to Floyd’s killing:
This has been going on for hundreds of years now! And still with little to no change. Got to do better! But how can there be change if the ones with POWER are not willing to listen or do anything about their actions! #BlackLivesMatters— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) May 30, 2020
What is going on man ? Is it that hard to just do the right thing and love one another. You know how simple and fun this world would be if we just did those 2 things ?— Wendell Carter Jr (@wendellcarter34) May 30, 2020
I wonder one day when we wake up is this cycle goin end🙇🏽♂️ #FMF— whitecoby2 (@CobyWhite) May 30, 2020