George Floyd's brother thanks Raiders for support

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 22, 2021

Jurors in Hennepin County District Court found the 45-year-old Chauvin guilty on all counts - second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Let's take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn't. In this one instance, a least. The responses from athletes, teams and leagues ranged from relief and joy to warnings that Chauvin's conviction is not the end of the conversation. The unclear messaging appeared to reference Floyd's repeated pleas of "I can't breathe" as Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, resulting in his death. When made aware of the backlash toward the tweet, Raiders owner Mark Davis took responsibility for it.

Davis declined to delete the tweet, telling the Associated Press that he wouldn't because the statement was already out there.

The tweet immediately drew widespread condemnation on social media.

Davis told The Athletic's Tashan Reed that tweet was an ode to Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd, who said in a news conference Tuesday: "Today we are able to breathe again". "I'm happy for the outcome", Walker said.

"I can breathe" was also previously used as a slogan to dismiss the concerns of protesters calling for action after the police killing of Eric Garner.

Davis said he was driving when the verdict was announced and heard Floyd's brother, Philonise, make the statement that "we can all breathe again" and decided to make that message the team's response.

"That's my tweet. That was me", Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I have to do a little bit more research into that just so I can speak coherently on that aspect". That's a situation that I was not aware of.

'It was taken negatively by 99 percent of the people, ' Davis said. "I'm not embarrassed by what I said, but I did learn something now".

Reddit likened the tweet to an ill-advised Florida State graphic that showed Martin Luther King Jr. doing the tomahawk chop.

After hearing the verdict, the African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Network of Waterloo Region has reacted over social media.

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