After it was announced that Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts in the murder of George Floyd, athletes and teams swarmed to social media to share their thoughts.
Sports Stars React To The Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdicthttps://t.co/NNrCbmtXbA
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) April 20, 2021
While most tweets shared the views of many Americans, the Las Vegas Raiders are catching a bunch of flak for their reaction.
“I can breathe,” the Raiders social media team tweeted out after the verdict.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 20, 2021
George Floyd was famously suffocated by Chauvin, and kept trying to tell the officer, “I can’t breathe” while he had a knee on his neck.
Many people are lashing out at the Raiders over their tone-deaf tweet.
No chance they make it to an hour without deleting this, right? https://t.co/rJmmH5oKk4
— Domonique Foxworth (@Foxworth24) April 21, 2021
the guy is actually still very much dead https://t.co/JcJM0b8yh6
— WhoDatTrap (@FreeTrap2x) April 21, 2021
Just read the room, baby. https://t.co/veYRFVQNfi
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) April 21, 2021
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 21, 2021
Delete…..this shit….wtf https://t.co/shO4t9SEf8
— KD (@elitelife_kd) April 21, 2021
So we couldn’t just do the default brand move and just stay silent for the rest of the day? https://t.co/NZZ1XkMDd4
— Ellis Mbeh, CDMP 👨🏾💻 (@EllisMbeh) April 21, 2021
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— Joy Taylor (@JoyTaylorTalks) April 21, 2021
the raiders clenching the title for worst tweet from a sports franchise. impressively bad. https://t.co/iMxgMMMC4N
— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) April 21, 2021
The Oakland Raiders would’ve never tweeted this pic.twitter.com/Yqb4e5lX55
— memory lane (@bitchiwas999) April 21, 2021
It’s kind of crazy to me that the Raiders social media tweet has kept this up for over an hour now without deleting it, despite the heavy backlash. You’d think they have to at some point, right? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.