NHL players are not always the most active on social media. They're down-to-earth athletes, seldom saying look at me or hear what I have to say.
That's completely understandable.
Many, though, have posted messages amid the protests across the United States following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.
Current and former players shared powerful messages about recognizing the issue of racism and racial injustice — and challenging everyone to come together to make strides in solving the problem.
The messages are important. Listening is also important. Whether somebody sent out a message or not, let's hope reading, listening, discussing and acting can all spark change.
Below are some of the messages from across the league:
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For the last week I’ve had a pit in my stomach. Growing up, my parents always stressed the golden rule to my brothers and I. It has become very clear that while that is a good start, speaking up and speaking out against inequality and discrimination needs to happen as well. I will never understand what its like to walk in the shoes of black men and women in our country, but I certainly can step up/speak out to support equality more outwardly. My eyes and ears are open to try to be part of the solution #ripgeorgefloyd #blackouttuesday
We appreciate you my dude🤎🙏🏽✊🏽 https://t.co/sdGaNCFg74— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) May 30, 2020
🙌🏿❤️🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/un1Nj58jcC— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) May 30, 2020
Change The Game❤️🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/otPpYIBkJx— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) June 3, 2020
“What I’m hoping is finally accomplished is real change...”— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 3, 2020
Akim Aliu and Evander Kane join James Duthie to further the conversation of racial injustice in North America and why they're hoping this movement will finally create real change and dialogue: https://t.co/2sybgJPvc9 pic.twitter.com/gVAUvPmwFN
A message from Sidney Crosby: pic.twitter.com/33CQA5WjKF— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 3, 2020
RIP George Floyd 💔so sad to see what happening everywhere and DC!! it is so important for us to respect and love each other no matter what we look like!!!! We need listen and do change...pls stay safe....take care each other and family 🙏🙏🙏— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) June 2, 2020
I needed to say something in my own words. pic.twitter.com/VpkidaMjbX— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) May 31, 2020
People are too outraged over media coverage of rioting and not outraged enough about people being treated unfairly by the police. Let’s make sure we are addressing the real issues of racism. Silence is not the answer. Black Lives Matter— Michael Richards (@MRichie_10) June 3, 2020
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