Micheal Jordan leads notable sport stars to express ‘outrage’ over the killing of George Floyd
Basketball great Michael Jordan has voiced his outrage as protests continued across the United States following the death of George Floyd.
Jordan said his heart went out to the family of Floyd – a black man who died in custody and was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis – and others who have died through acts of racism.
‘I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,’ Jordan, an NBA Hall of Famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement. ‘I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration.
‘I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.’
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also spoke out following the tragic death of George Floyd, insisting ‘people are hurting and need answers’ as ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests continue to take place across the world.
And on Monday, England international Rashford became the latest high-profile name to offer his support to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, claiming it took him a few days to post a message as he was ‘trying to process what is going on in the world’.
Rashford wrote on Twitter: ‘I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.
‘At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to be more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers.
‘Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor.’
Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram celebrated a goal on Sunday by taking a knee amid protests in America over the death of George Floyd.
Thuram expressed his solidarity with protests across the United States over Floyd’s death after scoring to double Gladbach’s lead on Sunday. Shortly afterwards, Gladbach tweeted a pictured of Thuram’s celebration with the caption: ‘No explanation needed’.
Thuram scored a second after the break with Florain Neuhaus and Alassane Plea grabbing the other two in a 4-1 victory over Union Berlin.
Speaking about Thuram’s celebration, Gladbach head coach Marco Rose said: ‘He [Thuram] cut to the chase. He took a stand against racism, one that we wholeheartedly support.’
Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests this weekend.
‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations are taking place around the world after Mr Floyd died having had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.
Hamilton, 35, who has been the subject of racist abuse during his F1 career, says he feels isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as ‘white dominated’.
The six-time F1 champion posted on Instagram: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.
‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us.
‘Just know I know who you who you are (sic) and I see you.’
Protests continues America and have seen violent clashes with police, with dozens of American cities being set ablaze, with Mr Floyd’s death becoming a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.