George Floyd

Athletes react to the death of George Floyd

The killing of George Floyd has caused anger and pain for many people around the world with athletes using their social media platforms to express their feelings.

Athletes react to the death of George Floyd
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The death of George Floyd has caused riots and protests across the United States with many after the video of the officer putting his knee on Floyd’s neck that eventually caused his death was seen by millions. As thousands protest in the streets, athletes are using their social media to express their feelings.

Colin Kaepernick

The former 49ers quarterback became the symbol of racial struggle who put his principles before his career in the NFL. His last game was in 2016 when he kneeled during the United States anthem prior to a game in protest against police violence against black citizens.

Kaepernick wrote on Twitter the following: “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.”

Lebron James

The NBA superstar added his voice to the protest and posted a picture of Kaepernick kneeling down in 2016 alongside the picture of the police officer killing Floyd. “Do you understand now?!?!?!?! Or is it still blurred to you? #StayWoke,” he wrote.

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Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾‍♂️ #StayWoke👁

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Stephen Jackson

The former NBA player published a video expressing his feelings about the death of George Floyd. Jackson said he was sad for how the officer applied pressure to Floyd and how he didn’t care about the repercussions. He is demanding justice.

Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors player said that George Floyd had a family and he didn’t deserve to die. Curry posted a picture of the police officer kneeling on Floyd as he was screaming that he couldn’t breath.

Tom Brady

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback joined the protest and published a story on his instagram page demanding justice for the death of George Floyd.

Killian Mbappe

The World Cup winner with France used his Twitter account to demand justice for George Floyd.

JJ Watt

One of the best defensive players in the NFL also published a video expressing his feelings about the death of Floyd. “I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting...I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death…”

Weston McKennie

The USMNT footballer wore a brace on his right arm demanding justice for George Floyd during the Bundesliga game between Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen.