Tributes have poured in for the fallen African-American George Floyd.
Stars from different sporting world have paid tributes to George Floyd who died on May 25 after being maltreated by a white Minneapolis police. The police named Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes 45 seconds with Floyd pleading I can’t breath. His death has sparked reactions all over the world and sport stars were not left out.
NBA legend, Micheal Jordan on his twitter handle wrote; I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. 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 colour in our country. We have had enough.”
“I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others.
We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality.”
“We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.”
“Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change.”
“Every one of us needs to be part of the solution. We must work together to ensure justice for all.
“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless other whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through act of racism and injustice.
NBA franchise teams were not left out with the likes of Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers amongst other voicing their pain.
LA Lakers twitted; “We condemn racism, bigotry, violence and prejudice in all its forms. “Everyone has the right to live free from fear and to be treated with dignity and respect. We hear the pain of our Black community and we will not stay silent.”
LA Clippers coach, Doc Rivers also twitted; “Our society must start getting comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation and do the right thing, silence and inactivity are not acceptable anymore.”
The Brooklyn Nets, Long Island Nets, New York Liberty and Barclays Center all released a joint statement calling for a peaceful fight against racism.
The statement reads; “This is not the time to be vengeful. this is a time to effect change.”
Eastern conference team Milwaukee Bucks that they are “distraught and angered” by Floyd’s death, “but we know this is not an isolated case.”
“As an organization, we remain deeply committed to address issues of social injustice and to make meaningful change for African-Americans and all marginalized members of our community.”
The Tennis world was not left out with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and 16-year old Coco Gauff lending their thoughts.
23 time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams weighed in via a video showing a young African-American girl poured out here mind on the preferential treatment she do receive because of her skin colour.
Serena wrote; “I can’t and still can’t find the words to say or express how sad I feel but she found them for me. She found them for so many of us.
“I’m with a heavy heart. I’m lost for words.”
Two time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka also wrote criticizing any form of silence that could be from any set of people or sector.
“Just because it isn’t happening to you doesn’t mean it isn’t happening at all.
“It’s funny to me that the people who wanna wear chains, blast hip-hop in the gym, attempt to get dapped up, and talk in slang are suddenly quiet right now.”
16-year old tennis sensation Coco Gauff with a video of black Americans that have died at the hands of government, civilians or racism.
Gauff wrote why “I am using my voice to fight against racism,” before asking, “Am I next? I am using my voice. Will you use yours?”
Footballers around the world also weighed in.
England star Jordan Sancho revealed the “justice for George Floyd” under his shirt after scoring in Dortmund’s 6-1 win over SC Paderborn before posting on twitter.
“Solid performance from the team. Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.
“We shouldn’t fear speaking out for what’s right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! “#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”
Returning Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford felt the world is not united enough in the fight against racism.
Rashford wrote; “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.”
Marcus Thuram, the son of former French international and 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, posted a caption of himself dropping to his knee with his head bowed in Borussia Monchengladbach’s game over the weekend and wrote; “Together is how we move forward, together is how we make a change #BLACK–LIVES–MATTERS.”
A number of Liverpool players have also shown their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The likes of James Milner, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson tweeted a picture of the squad on one knee around the centre circle at Anfield with the message, ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter’.
Swansea loanee and Liverpool striker
Rhian Brewster also wrote; “This is way deeper than just pointing out who’s staying quiet and who’s speaking up.
“Unfortunately for us black/brown people etc, this is a real life & everyday occurrence in so many different ways. For years & generations, we’ve been screaming out for change and to be heard yet the pain continues.
“We’ve all been shown films like Roots, we’ve all seen films like Boyz in the hood where this reality is covered and showcased. Yet we are still living these movies in real life in 2020, today?
“This goes beyond just #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, we need justice for us as human beings. We don’t want special privilege. A level playing field is all we have been crying for forever. Hear us. #BlackLivesMatter”
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe tweeted the hashtag #JusticeForGeorge, before posting an image which reads; “Police with us, not against us. It also shows people of various skin colours and professions holding hands with a space left open for a lone police officer to join.”
United States women’s national team duo of Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan revealed they were “sickened” by Floyd’s death.
The fight against racism continues.
OJB Sport is also saying #BlackLivesMatter.