Sports world applauds ‘responsibility’ as ex-cop convicted of George Floyd murder

Sports world applauds ‘responsibility’ as ex-cop convicted of George Floyd murder

Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday after using his knee to press on George Floyd’s neck, ultimately killing him in May 2020.

The murder sparked global protests for social and racial justice, in part led by professional athletes.

Many North American sports leagues, teams and athletes reacted to the guilty verdict on Tuesday, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who simply tweeted “RESPONSIBILITY.”

Canadian WNBA star Kia Nurse and recently retired Atlanta Dream player Renee Montgomery echoed the feeling the verdict is just a step towards justice.

In separate statements, the WNBA and the NBA followed suit, saying their social justice councils would continue to work to address racial inequality in the United States.

Canadian Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray, who was recently diagnosed with a late-season knee injury after a breakthrough in last season’s playoffs – both for his playing on the field and his outspokenness on the struggle for social justice – was relieved to hear the guilty verdict. .

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash of Victoria, BC, said he hopes Tuesday’s verdict will set a precedent.

The NHL has said it hopes “the end of the trial will provide a chance for a cure.”

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