Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle released a statement on Twitter on the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest in Minneapolis, MN and in several other areas across the country.
Doolittle's screengrab text read:
Racism is America's Original Sin. It was here before we even forged a nation, and has been passed down from generation to generation. And we still struggle to acknowledge that it even exists, much less atone for it. The generational trauma of racism and violence is killing black men and women before our eyes. We are told it is done in the name of, "law and order", but there is nothing lawful nor orderly about these murders.
My heart is heavy knowing that George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others should still be alive. We must not look away from the racism and the violence. We must never condone racism or extrajudicial violence in the name of "law and order." We must take action and call it out for what it is. We must recognize our shared humanity and atone for our Original Sin or else we will continue to curse future generations with it. RIP George Floyd.
Earlier this week Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was among several athletes that tweeted about Floyd's death.
Knee on my man neck!!! When does it stop?— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 27, 2020