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Wizards release united statement in response to the death of George Floyd

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Wizards release united statement in response to the death of George Floyd

While protests continue across the country following the death of George Floyd, the world's biggest sports figures, including Michael Jordan and LeBron James, have used their platforms to make it clear where they stand on the numerous social issues fueling the protests.

You can now add the Washington Wizards to that group. Early Monday morning, the Wizards posted a "united statement" on social media in response to Floyd's death and the protests that have followed.

Included in the post are four separate statements.

"We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

"We will no longer accept the abuse of power from law enforcement."

"We will no longer accept ineffective government leaders who are tone-deaf, lack compassion or respect for communities of color."

"We will no longer shut up and dribble."

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura were among players to share the same statements on Instagram.

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Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

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Athletes react to death of George Floyd, ongoing civil unrest in Minneapolis, other cities

The death of George Floyd has caused outrage across the country, with thousands protesting in several American cities demanding justice.

Several prominent athletes, including former NBA legend Michael Jordan, Lakers forward LeBron James, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and many others, have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the ongoing protests and civil unrest.

Jordan released a statement on Sunday sharing his thoughts on the situation. 

James sent out this tweet early Sunday morning asking "Why does America not love us?"

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence sent out a pair of tweets on Friday, stating that "love must outweigh hate."

United States national team midfielder Weston McKennie, who plays in the German Bundesliga for Schalke 04, sported an armband during his club's match this weekend that read "Justice for George Floyd."

After scoring a goal during Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga match on Sunday, English winger Jadon Sancho took off his jersey and revealed his undershirt, which read "Justice for George Floyd."

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman sent out several tweets regarding Floyd's death and the protests.

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, a Minneapolis area native who played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, offered his take on the situation:

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett tweeted he "doesn't feel safe" in America after Floyd's death.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted this:

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens shared his thoughts on the situation.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle shared his thoughts with this post, captioned "#BlackLivesMatter."

Wizards guard Bradley Beal engaged with several of his followers on Saturday, sending off multiple tweets about an array of topics surrounding the impact and style of the protests.

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud wrote a powerful piece in The Players Tribune, emphasizing that those who are staying silent during this situation is "a knee on her neck."

Monumental Sports and Entertainment said this on Sunday: 

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Bradley Beal sends a series of tweets following civil unrest in Minneapolis and other cities

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Bradley Beal sends a series of tweets following civil unrest in Minneapolis and other cities

Wizards guard Brad Beal sent out a series of tweets Saturday morning in response to the unrest in several cities across the country following 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 sparked civil unrest in Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Richmond, VA and New York City, NY this week. Several other cities saw protests, such as Los Angeles, Louisville and Memphis.

"I just do not understand why we loot from our own!" Beal stated in his first tweet. 

Most of his tweets were used to speak on robbing and looting businesses in an individual's own hometown. 

"Some people work hard for the businesses they have. And people rob and loot their place to leave them high and dry, for what? What point you proving by taking something and burning things of someone who had nothing to do with the situation?" Beal said in one tweet. 

"Black, white, green, it don’t matter. It makes no sense to take something from someone, when they have nothing to do with what’s going on in the world!! Especially when it’s all people have," Beal said.

Beal calls for the protestors' rage to not be directed to corporations, but rather at the system that has led to injustice.

"100% but our rage is directed to the wrong people. We taken it towards corporate, and these businesses that had nothing to do with what happened!! it needs to be directed to the system!!! We have a million social issues we have to fix, hell within our own communities too!" Beal said.

"I feel you, those feelings of pains. Years of suffering can never be replaced. But we have to ACT now, but in a different matter. We’ve been looting and rioting for years and no change. We gotta do something else!" Beal said.