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LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr., Trevor Lawrence among athletes speaking out after George Floyd’s death

LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr., Trevor Lawrence among athletes speaking out after George Floyd's death

In the days after Floyd's death, protests occurred throughout Minneapolis

George Floyd, a black man, was arrested by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Monday and, in a video taken from the scene, he appeared to be suffocating during the arrest attempt. Floyd died hours later. In the ten-minute video, the officer appears to be kneeling on Floyd's neck for over seven minutes.

Floyd, 46, was heard in the video taken by an onlooker saying, "I can't breathe." The four officers involved in the fatal arrest have been fired and the FBI is investigating the case, according to CBS News. Floyd's family said they want the officers to be charged, and that their termination is not enough. The officer who was identified as having his knee on George Floyd's neck, Derek Chauvin was arrested and has been charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death.

According to Minneapolis police, the officers were called to the scene after receiving a report that a man was attempting to use forged documents at Cup Foods, a grocery store in the area.

Many athletes have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the matter. Here are their reactions:

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Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾‍♂️ #StayWoke👁

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Worlds honestly sickening. It really is….. no explanation

— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) May 27, 2020

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— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) May 27, 2020

DONE BEING QUIET AND DONE BEING ANGRY. HOW CAN WE FEEL SAFE WHEN THOSE MEANT TO PROTECT US ARE KILLIN’ US?!!!! WHEN WILL MINORITIES BE FREE TO BE AMERICANS IN AMERICA!?

— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) May 26, 2020

If anybody that follows me is not outraged about these senseless attacks on BLACK MEN, please stop following me! If your spirit is not disturbed, please stop following me! This inflicted Pain but it will never inflict FEAR… sorry, were not made like that! #BlackMenMatter pic.twitter.com/A9tSSzOSh6

— Lisa Leslie (@LisaLeslie) May 27, 2020

Floyd was a friend of former NBA player Stephen Jackson.

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Twin couldn’t wait to tell me he moved to Minnesota to work and drive trucks. He knew he had to relocate to be his best self. His ❤️ was in the right place. Rest Easy Bro we gonna hold it down yo voice. All we talked about was growing and kids. Love to all who have love for all ✊🏿✊🏼✊🏽✊🏻✊🏾✊

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Twin. I promise I won’t let this BS ride. Already talked to @shaunking. Anybody from Houston/ Cuney Homes u know this was my brother. Can’t let this ride. All hands on deck. Rest Easy Twin. #3rd #MinnesotaRacistAssCops

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“Why NFL Players Kneel: Reason 1 Million” pic.twitter.com/Ksk1Dxnwzo

— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 26, 2020

Dear white brothers and sisters, we desperately need y’all’s help. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/sMNuB6kHVc

— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) May 27, 2020

This was the perfect example. The guy was just standing there. What is their standard? What happened to holding your peers accountable to the pledge they took to “protect and serve”? https://t.co/pnIrN6mfn0

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) May 26, 2020

Why does it matter? You think that was the only way this “trained” officer could handle the man? It doesn’t matter if he stole a pack of gum or shot someone. The actions from those officers were trash 😑 https://t.co/IlLByfdymQ

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) May 26, 2020

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— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) May 28, 2020

JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 27, 2020

George Floyd was clearly murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. How many times do we have to see black men killed on national television? This has been going on for entirely too long. We need to start seeing black people as human beings and not animals on the street.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 27, 2020

I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience. The injustice is clear.. and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you’re still “explaining” it – check your heart and ask why.

— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) May 29, 2020

For Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many other women, men, children. pic.twitter.com/OBA80TX1BW

— WNBPA (@TheWNBPA) May 29, 2020

Statement from Head Coach Brian Flores. pic.twitter.com/dJOdHHSvNT

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 29, 2020

Stephen Jackson. pic.twitter.com/h6GDmSzGQI

— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) May 29, 2020

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/1HjiwLMB8c

— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 29, 2020

#blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/WEZEmtHH8k

— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) May 29, 2020

The UFC's Jon Jones spoke to TMZ about Floyd's death saying, "Anyone who has practiced the very basics of jujitsu recognizes a [blood choke] when they see this. That was as clear as day murder, torture."

"What that man went through was worse than drowning," Jones added. "I wouldn't wish the way George Floyd was murdered on my worst enemy. That officer applied just enough pressure to keep him alive for almost six minutes in that chokehold. In all my years of fighting I can honestly say I've never experienced anything close to that level of torture."

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