A number of of Minnesota’s skilled sports teams launched statements on the police-involved death of George Floyd earlier this week.
Floyd died as Minneapolis cops had been arresting him. Video from the incident confirmed a police officer on Floyd’s neck as he screamed out for assist. He died shortly after. The officers concerned had been fired and the Justice Division introduced an investigation into the case.
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The Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx had been among the many pro sports teams who issued statements on Floyd’s death. Minnesota United FC, of Main League Soccer, retweeted gamers’ responses to the death.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium,” the Vikings mentioned in a press release. “Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd family and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy.”
The Timberwolves and Lynx launched a joint assertion.
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“Our community is grieving the senseless tragedy and death of George Floyd. The entire Timberwolves and Lynx organization shares its deepest sympathy with the Floyd family. We will work tirelessly to use our voices to influence change, encourage healing, and promote thoughtful action as we move forward.”
Minnesota Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli was among the many athletes and coaches who spoke about Floyd’s death.
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“George Floyd should be breathing right now. We have a lot of progress to make. A lot. Remember his name. Remember what happened,” he tweeted Wednesday.