The death of African-American George Floyd has sparked outrage even among famous athletes.
Different athletes have spoken after learning of the George Floyd case. / Photos: instagram.com/floydmayweather, instagram.com/kingjames
LatinamericanPost| Juan Manuel Londoño
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The systemic violence and racism of the American police have reached an intolerable point for the Americans. The case of George Floyd has made this problem visible worldwide, so that in addition to athletes who regularly speak out against this type of violence, athletes from all over the world have joined them. Let's see some of them.
1. Micheal Jordan
The legendary Chicago Bulls player spoke on Monday on his Instagram, saying that "he is on the side of those who report racism and violence against people of color in his country" and that "they have had enough". The athlete also clarified that: "We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our back on senseless brutality."
2. Lebron James
The star Lakers player has also spoken out against American police brutality on multiple occasions, such as when the death of Eric Garner took place, another African American hanged until his death by the police in 2014.
This time, the athlete shared some images supporting the protests, as well as a photo of him wearing the shirt of Eric Garner's last words "I can't breathe", which became emblematic for the Black Lives Matter movement.
3. Liverpool players
In a sign of solidarity, the Liverpool players, current Champions League champion, posted a photo kneeling around the central circle of their stadium, along with #BlackLivesMatter on their Instagram. The message seeks to emulate the actions of Colin Kapernick, the former NFL quarterback who famously protested during the 2016 American anthem by kneeling.
4. Floyd Mayweather
Although not officially stated, according to Sportcenter, the legendary ex-boxer would be paying for George Floyd's funeral, as well as the expenses incurred. Mayweather chose to remain anonymous about it, but the story was revealed by one of his representatives.
Floyd Mayweather will be paying for the funeral services for George Floyd, who was killed in an incident with Minneapolis police, according to a Mayweather representative. https://t.co/46N0egz6xh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 1, 2020
5. Serena Williams
The tennis player spoke out repeatedly on her social networks against the violence suffered by African Americans. In her Instagram account, she clarified that "she is speechless" and "with a heavy heart". She also shared a video with other tennis players in which she drops her racket as a symbolic act against police violence.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 1, 2020