Raiders, NFL team, causes brutal firestorm with post-verdict George Floyd tweet: ‘Take this down!’

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.”

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.

“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.”

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.”

“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:


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