The sports world has not remained silent in the fight against injustice and racism that is plaguing the United States of America. They have used their platforms to call for justice for George Floyd.
Floyd died last week after a white Minneapolis policeman had held his knee on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Although in his recent multi-billion-dollar documentary, The Last Dance, Michael Jordan did not want to mix politics and social issues with sport. The basketball legend has released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd, nevertheless.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained, and plain angry. I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage, and frustration. We have had enough. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country.”
Jordan added that through “unified voices” there can be pressure placed on individuals with power and influence to amend and change laws. It is through this method that “systemic change” can occur.
Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James tweeted a video of peaceful protestors in Colorado’s Capitol. The protestors laid face down with their hands behind their backs while chanting ‘I can’t breathe,’ which were some of George Floyd’s final words. Moreover, James added that he would not expect to see such a peaceful display shown through mass media channels.
Media showing this???? I bet you they’re not. ??♂️! You know why, cause this is unity, peaceful, beautiful and love! https://t.co/QkgH2SFmON
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2020
NBA stars, Kyle Kuzma, guard Alex Caruso, center Dwight Howard and shooting guard Danny Green called for unity. The NBA players drew a line in the sand for individuals who may be on the fence about which side of history they should be on.
Borussia Dortmund forward, Jadon Sancho called for justice for George Floyd. The midfielder scored a hattrick for BVB yesterday. He celebrated by removing his shirt to display “Justice for George Floyd” written underneath.
Sancho’s teammate, Achraf Hakimi also donned a “Justice for George Floyd” shirt which he revealed after scoring in the 85th minute for BVB.
Two Bundesliga players, Marcus Thuram and Weston McKennie also used their platforms to raise awareness for George Floyd and police brutality.
Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Thuram knelt to honour George Floyd. A symbol popularised by activist Colin Kaepernick to protest police brutality in America. In addition, McKennie, a US-born defender, currently playing at Schalke wore a “Justice for George Floyd” armband. However, his side lost 3-0 to Augsburg.
Additionally, an array of sports stars such as Alejandro Bedoya, Crystal Dunn, and Rose Lavelle have reacted on social media. The athletes are using their platforms to call for change within the US and justice for George Floyd. The sports world is rising to the siren call of injustice.