There seems to be a race underway between corporate America and professional sports to see who can be portrayed as the most ‘woke’ to the left’s contrived, divisive narrative that systemic racism drives law enforcement actions.
The NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders responded to a jury finding former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd with a tweet.
“I can breathe,” the entry stated, along with the day’s date.
Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said later the tweet was his idea and he was not taking it down, despite plenty of backlash — from all sides.
“I thought that said a lot,” he told The Associated Press in an interview. “It said a lot about everything. I thought it was something where we could all breathe again. Justice was served. We still have a lot of work to do on social justice and police brutality. But today, justice was served.”
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 20, 2021
Somewhat fittingly, Davis stepped into a quagmire when Tashan Reed, the Raiders beat writer for The Athletic, told him NYPD supporters wore “I Can Breathe” shirts following the 2014 death of Eric Garner.
“I learned something… I have to do a little bit more research into that just so I can speak coherently on that aspect,” Davis replied, showcasing how uniformed he truly is on the whole matter.
More from Davis: “Let me say this right off the bat: I was not aware of that. Absolutely not. I had no idea of that. That’s a situation that I was not aware of. I can see where there could be some negativity towards what I said based on that.”
— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) April 21, 2021
“I wasn’t watching the talking heads; I was listening to the family. And I was trying to take my lead from them,” Davis said, according to Reed, adding that if that’s “what the cops are wearing then, really, it is a bad statement.”
Not to be outdone in the wokeness category, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a statement released after the verdict.
“Today’s outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life,” the statement read. “Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today. Our hearts remain with the Floyd family, and we understand the pain, anger and frustration does not go away even when justice is delivered.”
— NFL (@NFL) April 20, 2021
Suffice it to say, Goodell is down with Black Lives Matter and its false narrative that continues to rip at the seams of this nation.
“It has been a difficult time for our country, in particular, black people in our country,” Goodell said last June. “First my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families who have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black lives matter.”
Former NFL player Torrey Smith was very vocal about the Raiders tweet, replying: “Folks get paid to avoid stupid stuff like this smh delete this @Raiders.”
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 21, 2021
“The folks who are running the Raiders social media page is sleep, locked out of the account, or drunk in Vegas,” he said in another tweet, adding in yet another, “I refuse to believe a diverse social media team ok’d that Raiders tweet.”
To be clear, his objection was because the tweet “completely ignores what happened with Eric Garner and the T-shirts mocking his death,” as the player tweeted.
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
Take this down
— Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 20, 2021
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 21, 2021
shutting the fuck up is free https://t.co/A3XR7FtGtK
— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 20, 2021
So many opportunities to say nothing are being missed today. https://t.co/BTEEhHC7Ke
— Desiree Stennett (@Desi_Stennett) April 20, 2021
How the fuck even https://t.co/9dGR1nDV9l
— Cam (@cameron_kasky) April 20, 2021
Everyone reading this can breathe. https://t.co/rUotVu4uzo
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 20, 2021
To all of you running corporate social media accounts: You do not need to try and out-do each other with really cringeworthy George Floyd tweets. https://t.co/6joVVkM3Eq
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 20, 2021
Nancy Pelosi: Let me make the most absurdly tone-deaf statement of the day about George Floyd…
LA Raiders: Hold my beer. https://t.co/34hn3cOTXa
— Robert Foulkrod (@Robert_Foulkrod) April 21, 2021
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