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Athletes react to the George Floyd trial verdict

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on Tuesday. 

Chauvin stood trial after Floyd died while in police custody last May. Prior to Floyd's death, Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes outside of a Minneapolis market as Floyd repeatedly pleaded "I can't breathe." Floyd was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

Onlookers recorded the incident on video as some pleaded with Chauvin to stop. 

The trial took place over the course of three weeks before closing arguments on Monday. Jurors deliberated into Tuesday afternoon before reaching their verdict. 

Floyd's death prompted an outpouring of civil unrest across the nation last summer that extended to the sports community. Leagues like the NBA, WNBA and NFL adopted "Black Lives Matter" and "End Racism" messages as themes of their 2020 seasons amid athlete backlash against another Black man's death at the hands of police.

Athletes, teams and leagues across sports reacted to the news of Tuesday's verdict.

— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 20, 2021

Justice and Accountability! Things I never thought I would see. There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!

— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) April 20, 2021


The following was released by the WNBA.

— WNBA (@WNBA) April 20, 2021

Justice served on all counts. Good.
Still a ton of work to do.

Continue to rest peacefully #GeorgeFloyd ✊🏾🙏🏾

— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) April 20, 2021

— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) April 20, 2021

Thank God…guilty! Justice has been served!!

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 20, 2021


— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) April 20, 2021

This is justice.

— Natasha Cloud (@T_Cloud4) April 20, 2021

Outta thereeee!!!!!!

— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) April 20, 2021

Put his ass under the jail

— Josh Hart (@joshhart) April 20, 2021

Condolences to the Floyd Family🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
This is just the first step of starting to change a broken system

— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) April 20, 2021

Accountability….RIP George Floyd 🙏🏾

— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 20, 2021

Let’s make this the new normal. Accountability is served #GeorgeFloyd

— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) April 20, 2021

Guilty!!!!!! Tears of JOY for #GeorgeFloyd family and for Justice!!!! 🖤

— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) April 20, 2021

On all accounts. Period.

— Nneka Ogwumike (@nnekaogwumike) April 20, 2021

Love. Peace. Justice. ♥️

— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) April 20, 2021

Yes, Gianna Floyd, your Dad has changed the

— WNBPA (@TheWNBPA) April 20, 2021

— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) April 20, 2021

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) April 20, 2021


— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 20, 2021

Dusty Baker on Derek Chauvin found guilty on all charges: “It’s never a time to celebrate when someone’s killed. My thoughts and prayers go to the Floyd family. Maybe this’ll help us heal and we’ll cease with the violence.”

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 20, 2021

Although Justice was served in this particular case, one guilty verdict doesn’t change the realities of life. I pray this is a catalyst to restore dignity and grandeur of life in ALL communities. So needless to say it’s time to continue to work serving those in need. #dowork

— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) April 20, 2021

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