Alabama soccer coach Nick Saban was among the many athletes and coaches Sunday who addressed the protests stemming from the loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis final week.
Floyd’s police-involved loss of life final week kicked off widespread protests and unrest throughout the nation. Video confirmed Floyd being arrested when Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on the person’s neck. Floyd died whereas in police custody and Chauvin, who was later fired from the drive, was charged with third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter, authorities stated Friday.
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Saban stated in an announcement he was “shocked and angered” by the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville, Ky., police in March, and Arbery was killed by a father and son in Georgia whereas jogging in February.
“We’re at an important moment for our country, and now is the time for us to choose kindness, tolerance, understanding, empathy, and most importantly … it’s time to love each other. Every life is precious, and we much understand we have so many more things that unite us than divide us,” Saban’s assertion learn.
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“I’ve always been inspired and encouraged by examples set by those who came before us like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and so many others who devoted their lives to finding peaceful ways to rid our society of social inequalities. As Dr. King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ We are all part of this and we must bash these types of injustices in not just our country, but our world. The ultimate future of our nation is in our hands, and like the teams I’ve been privileged to coach, we must depend and respect each other no matter our differences. We must come together as a society and treat one another with respect and dignity.”
Saban’s assertion echoed a number of different coaches’ statements in the times after Floyd’s loss of life.
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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Penn State’s James Franklin, Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez, Oregon’s Mario Cristobal, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, and Georgia’s Kirby Good all launched statements on racism and injustice final week.