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.
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020
James sent out this tweet early Sunday morning asking "Why does America not love us?"
Why Doesn’t America Love US!!!!!????TOO. 😭😭🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ #HeadHighandStayStrong🙏🏾💪🏾 #WeAllWeGot✊🏾👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 31, 2020
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence sent out a pair of tweets on Friday, stating that "love must outweigh hate."
I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience. The injustice is clear.. and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you’re still “explaining” it - check your heart and ask why.— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) May 29, 2020
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."
To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!! We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard! #justiceforgeorgefloyd #saynotoracism pic.twitter.com/TRB1AGm0Qx— Weston McKennie (@WMckennie) May 30, 2020
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."
Jadon Sancho revealed a "Justice for George Floyd" shirt after scoring for Borussia Dortmund.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 31, 2020
(via @ESPNFC) pic.twitter.com/QsFoxepPyg
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman sent out several tweets regarding Floyd's death and the protests.
My profession nor my education change the fact that I’m a black man in America and to that end I will continue to fight for equality for the ppl that are treated unjust in the country. And if that offends you or makes you uncomfortable then maybe we are starting to make progress— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 31, 2020
When will the response be justice? Racism has been around forever and too many excuses have been made for it. If you are sitting by watching it and judging the reaction you are part of the problem with what is going on because you allow yourself to overlook the cause.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 31, 2020
It’s curious the way I’m treated in public when I have a mask on and when I don’t. When I wear a mask I feel the tension that I have felt since i was a child. I can feel the looks I get of ppl who assume I’m a threat. But when the mask comes off and suddenly I’m not a threat— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 31, 2020
Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, a Minneapolis area native who played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, offered his take on the situation:
I needed to say something in my own words. pic.twitter.com/VpkidaMjbX— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) May 31, 2020
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett tweeted he "doesn't feel safe" in America after Floyd's death.
I don’t feel free in the land of the free— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) May 29, 2020
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tweeted this:
The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too long. Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn’t politics. This is human rights.— Joey Burrow (@JoeyB) May 29, 2020
Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens shared his thoughts on the situation.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR MY THOUGHTS ON GEORGE FLOYD! #RIPGEORGEFLOYD 🖤🖤🖤 @_stak5_ #IMWITHKAP pic.twitter.com/LGO9YBkEjN— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) May 29, 2020
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:
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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle shared his thoughts with this post, captioned "#BlackLivesMatter."
#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/qmHK3Rhf7e— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) May 29, 2020
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.
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 https://t.co/arzGpGSK1d— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 30, 2020
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! https://t.co/oMbJBAxIvi— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) May 30, 2020
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."
”Neutrality about black lives might as well be murder.” @T_Cloud4 has only one thing on her mind right now. https://t.co/aCpOXve3HN— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) May 30, 2020
Monumental Sports and Entertainment said this on Sunday:
We Stand Together pic.twitter.com/dxCGPgWEbg— Monumental Sports & Entertainment (@MSE) May 31, 2020
- Protests: Bradley Beal speaks out
- Powerful: Natasha Cloud on racial injustice
- Doolittle's Take: Statement on Floyd's death