‘We have had enough’: Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods speak out on George Floyd’s death
Woods’ statement comes one day after former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan made his first public remarks on Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.Updated: Jun 02, 2020 15:16 IST
The death of George Floyd has enraged people all around the world. A police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes and the ordeal was caught on camera as George eventually lost his life. The African-American community have several times made it public that racial profiling is done in police forces and Floyd’s death kickstarted massive protests in the USA. The National Guard had to be called in to quell the rising unrest as demonstrations, which began in Minneapolis have swept the whole country.
The killing has been condemned by many celebrities all around the world while the protests have left several cities with burned-out buildings and looted stores.
Golf legend and one of the most prominent voices in the world, Tiger Woods also broke his silence as he spoke about Floyd’s death, saying his heart goes out to Floyd, his family, and everyone who is hurting right now.
The 44-year-old golfer gave a statement on his Twitter account on Monday night.
“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement,” Woods said. “They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”
Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent.
Woods’ statement comes one day after former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan made his first public remarks on Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police.
“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration,” Jordan said in the statement posted on the Jordan brand’s social media accounts and the team’s Twitter account. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”
Woods grew up in Southern California, and he said he learned from the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that “education is the best path forward.” Thousands in the city’s largely minority south side took to the streets after an all-white jury acquitted four white police officers of attacking Rodney King, a black driver, after a traffic stop.
“We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in,” Woods said.
“I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”
(with PTI inputs)