“George Floyd – it’s us”. The reaction of the athletes on the murder of African American

May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis there was a terrible event that shocked the world. White police officer Derek Showin pressed African American George Floyd knee neck and held him so more than 7 minutes, while the detainee was lying on the road face down, after which he died.

Floyd was suspected of paying for store-bought packs of cigarettes a fake 20-dollar bill. After footage of the incident quickly spread in the media, in the United States began the riots on racial grounds. The protests lasted for more than a week, and the President, Donald trump has threatened that it will use the army to restore order.

46-year-old George Floyd was a simple guy, at least, five times served prison terms of varying lengths, but the last six years went on the path of correction and worked as a security guard.

Many stars, including from the world of sport has reacted to the murder of George Floyd. Sport.ua gathered reaction in a single material.

Wladimir KLITSCHKO (Ukraine), Boxing

“Friends, I want to speak out against racism. I learned the sport through such multinational events as the Olympic games. In sport and especially in martial arts, there is always respect for the opponent. You take him regardless of where he came from.

There’s an old saying: “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. She is now more relevant than ever. You need to give them a chance by opening a book or your mind. Love can conquer hatred. We are all one race. We – the people. Skin color, gender and sexual orientation – those things that make us human. We have to speak for the innocent, for those whose voices are not heard. I George Floyd,” said perennial best heavyweight on the planet.

Jon JONES (USA), MMA

Champion UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones decided to help the residents of Albuquerque to clean the city after a series of mass protests.

“It was time to work. We have good team of guys who are willing to help. Let’s go out and take the streets after that. If you need help with your small business. Contact us. We will help you.

Guys, I support the protests. It’s cool when you defend your position. This is important, but these actions (looting, riots) is not cool. Vandalism is wrong,” said Jones.

 

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