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Tampa Bay Rays use Opening Day festivities to promote social justice

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It’s Opening Day in Tampa Bay, but the Rays have much more than baseball on their minds.

Hours before the team kicks off its 2020 season, the Rays official team Twitter account promoted social justice, reminding fans of the issues facing America –– issues much bigger than sports.

The team tweeted, “Today is Opening Day, which means it’s a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.”

Taylor was a 26-year-old African American woman, who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers in her apartment on March 13. One of the three officers was fired more than three months following Taylor's death, but the investigation remains underway with the others only facing administrative leave thus far.

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In response to the deaths of Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black individuals, many sports leagues around the country have taken action. In their Opening Day matchup with the Yankees, the Nationals stamped “BLM” on the pitcher’s mound next to the MLB logo. Players also wore patches reading “Black Lives Matter” and “United for Change.” Every Nationals and Yankees player and coach kneeled together prior to the national anthem as well.

Following their powerful statement, the Rays will host the Blue Jays tonight at 6:40 p.m. to kick off their season.

 

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