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Brian Flores, more athletes react to George Floyd death, Minneapolis riots

Brian Flores, more athletes react to George Floyd death, Minneapolis riots 1

Many people in the sports world have spoken out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and ensuing protests across the country. LeBron James shared an image on Instagram of himself wearing a shirt that read “I can’t breathe,” Floyd’s words to now-former police officer Derek Chauvin before Floyd died. Steve Kerr, Carson Wentz and DeMarcus Lawrence have also taken to social media in recent days to express their thoughts. 

Friday was no different. High-profile athletes and coaches across all sports expressed their desire for racial justice and an end to police violence following Floyd’s death on Monday. Dolphins coach Brian Flores made a powerful statement that the team posted on its Twitter feed. Joe Burrow, the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft, tweeted, “The black community needs our help.” Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence made a plea for understanding.

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Chauvin was shown in a video keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck while arresting Floyd on suspicion of forgery. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, later died in the custody of Chauvin, who is white, and three other Minneapolis officers. All four officers were fired and Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Minneapolis has been the scene of rioting and looting since Floyd’s death.

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A sample of the sports world’s growing reactions Friday:

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