At the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday, many were angry at a tweet made by the organization following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. For the murder of George Floyd..
Floyd’s brother, Philonize Floyd, is not one of those people. He said with the Raiders on WednesdayCan breathe“A post claimed by team owner Marc Davis.
“On behalf of our family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership. They support our family and our country continues to pursue justice and equality for all. “For what you are doing,” said Philonyse Floyd.
“Now, more than ever, we have to continue this fight together. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breather, and it’s in the country and around the world. I think it applies to many people. In honor of my brother who couldn’t, let’s take a breath together. Let’s do it for George. “
George Floyd uttered the phrase “I can’t breathe” while lying on the ground with Chauvin’s knees pressed against his neck while police stopped on May 25, 2020. By the time Chauvin removed his knees more than nine minutes later, Floyd was dead. on Tuesday, Chauvin convicted Twice murder, three times murder, manslaughter.
Davis said Raiders’ tweet was based on a quote from Philonise Floyd following Chauvin’s belief. “Today we can breathe again.”
“I felt it was a powerful statement,” Davis said. ESPN on Tuesday. “Today was a day I could breathe. Now that justice has been provided, we can all breathe again. But there is still a lot to do about social justice and police atrocities.”
“I can’t breathe” became the first scream in subsequent protests and demonstrations Eric Garner suffocatedA 43-year-old black man who repeatedly uttered a phrase while police strangled him. Police supporters at the time argued that they could “breath” as a retort.
Davis said Athletic He was unaware that the latter phrase had previously been used in such a way.
“I didn’t know that,” Davis said. “Absolutely not. I didn’t know that. It’s a situation I wasn’t aware of. Seeing where there might be something negative about what I said based on it. I can.”
“If I offend my family, I’m deeply and deeply disappointed,” Davis added. But he doesn’t intend to delete the tweet.
“It’s already there,” Davis said. “I’m not apologizing. I’m not ashamed of what I said, but now I’ve learned something.”
This story was originally Los Angeles Times..