Floyd’s brother backs Raiders after tweet uproar


Philonise Floyd issued a statement of support Wednesday for the Las Vegas Raiders after the organization received backlash for a tweet following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering his brother George Floyd.

“On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation’s ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all. Now, more than ever, we must come together as one and continue on in this fight. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breath. And I know that goes for so many across the nation and globe, as well. Let’s take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn’t. Let’s do it for George,” Philonise Floyd said.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Raiders’ tweet, sent late Tuesday afternoon, read: “I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21.” Floyd told officers, “I can’t breathe,” more than 20 times before he died when Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes last May.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Jury: Chauvin guilty of George Floyd murder

Backing up their pledges: Which leagues have followed through since George Floyd’s murder

Derek Chauvin verdict reaction — The sports world responds on social media
Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez on Tuesday that the tweet was his idea and that he does not plan to delete it.

Davis told ESPN that he “meant no disrespect” to Floyd’s family with the tweet and that he “took the lead” from Philonise Floyd, who said after the verdict, “Today, we are able to breathe again.”

Davis told The Associated Press and The Athletic that he also didn’t know that the phrase “I can breathe” was used by supporters of police in New York after the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and that he wouldn’t have used that phrase if he had known the history.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury for his role in the murder of Floyd outside of a Minneapolis convenience store.

Got a story or tip for us? Email Sports Gossip editors at tips@sportsgossip.com 

Want More From Sports Gossip? 

For all the latest breaking Sports Gossip, be sure to follow SportsGossip.com on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

You can view the original article HERE.

Tyre Nichols Death, Two EMTs And Fire Lieutenant Who Came To Scene Fired
Christina Ricci says it’s ‘elitist and exclusive’ to review Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar nomination: ‘Very backward to me’
The Last of Us: Bill and Frank, Explained
Philadelphia Eagles Fly for First Lady Jill Biden, Going to Super Bowl
Syfy Spaceship Drama Navigates an Enticing Mystery
Kevin Bacon Is Still Open to Returning for a Tremors Legacy Sequel
Sundance 2023: The Persian Version, Mutt | Festivals & Awards
A Therapy Comedy That Does Not Meet Standards
Watch The 1975 play ‘Pressure’ for the first time in eight years in Belfast
Meghan Trainor pregnant with second child – Music News
Bam Margera goes on tour with Steve-O following hospital stint
‘Better Call Saul’ star Giancarlo Esposito set to appear in Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’
Winning Strategies for Super Bowl Square Betting: Maximize Your Winnings
The Mega888 Sea Captain Game
Michael Vick Says No Beef With Lamar Jackson After Injury Comment, ‘We Cool’
Travis Kelce Rips Bengals After Chiefs Win, ‘Burrowhead My Ass!’
Let the Right One In Gets Canceled at Showtime After One Season
Annie Wersching Tributes: Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Wesley, and More Say Goodbye
Lisa Loring, The Addams Family Star, Dies at 64
The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Long Long Time
Zaya Wade’s Sequin Slip Rodarte Dress For Winter Formal
How to Get Ink Out of Clothes
Nicole Scherzinger’s Crystal Naked Dress in LA | Photos
Jennifer Lopez Wears a Plunging Black David Koma Pantsuit