Athletes and notable names from the world of sports are speaking up as protests continue following the death of George Floyd last this week in Minneapolis.
Als RB Wilder leads CFLers message against racism and police brutality
Montreal Alouettes running back James Wilder Jr. posted a video to social media Tuesday of a number of CFL players sharing a message against systemic racism and police brutality.
"Called on some of my brothers all round the CFL to openly stand with me against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality. WITHOUT hesitation they STOOD!!! Now WE call on YOU to Proudly stand with us!!!! SILENCE IS VIOLENCE!!!!! #STANDTOGETHER
Among the CFLers to share the message were Adam Bighill, Henoc Muamba, Mike Reilly, Zach Collaros, Dacid Casarrubias, Bo Levi Mitchell, Shawn Lemon, Cody Fajardo, Dylan ynn, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Timothy Flanders, and Trevor Harris.
Toronto Argonauts receiver Juwan Brescacin also posted a message on social media, saying "we need to reach one common goal together which is equality."
Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Nick Arbuckle joined the conversation on Tuesday as well.
"An entire half of my family shares the same skin colour as George Floyd, who was murdered by the police in Minneapolis last week. My wife is Black and our beautiful newborn daughter, Aaliyah, is biracial," part of the statement read. "Even with Aaliyah being biracial, which comes with its own challenges, she will undoubtedly be viewed as Black in America when it comes to the justice system, school applications, police interactions, and everything else where prejudice and racism exists.
"That's one of the things that has made it most difficult to find the words to express during these times."
Struble: Being silent doesn't ignite change
Defenceman prospect Jayden Struble, selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, shared a powerful message on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Struble said he's angry with how many black lives have been taken without any consequences.
"To start I wanna say that I've been angry for a while now. Angry that I keep seeing innocent black lives taken at such a rate that the news seems incomplete without another victim," said Struble, who is African American. "I'm angry that time and time again this country lets us know that black lives are disposable without any consequence. Angry that the "every man is equal" slogan proves to be just a slogan in this country."
The 18-year-old went on to support the protests in North America and criticized people who are referring to the rioters as "thugs."
"First of all these people rioting are not thugs, they're not criminals, they're not lower than you," he wrote. "They are people so broken down by years of systematic racism, and discrimination, in a country who stands for freedom and equality. They're people who have watched brothers and sisters, friends, and/or other people of colour be beaten, killed, and belittled, asking for help and justice, without the slightest hint of support or change. Peaceful protests got us NOWHERE. So before you u label people thugs, think about where this country could be if people in power listened, helped and implemented change."
Reach Struble's full statement below.
Woods joins the conversation
Tiger Woods took to Twitter Monday night to speak out for the first time since Floyd's death.
“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement,” Woods said. “They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”
Woods condemned the looting that has taken place in some areas, stating he learned from the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that “education is the best path forward.”
“We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in,” Woods said. “I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”
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Veteran Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba joined the conversation on Tuesday.
Marner: Now is the time to listen with intent
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner and goalie Frederik Andersen was two of many professional athletes and organizations to participate in #BlackoutDay on Twitter on Tuesday.
"I've been searching for the right thing to say - but I realize that now is the time to listen with intent, understanding and learn how we can help," wrote Marner.
Andersen added shortly later: "Humanity can be incredible, and people have the capacity for so much more. Let’s all fight racism and hate and unite with compassion, respect and love."
Stamkos makes a statement
Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos took to Twitter Tuesday morning regarding the death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests in the United States.
"I have watched, I have listened and now I am ready to speak. Since the senseless killing of George Floyd, I have had a hard time trying to articulate a way of expressing how I truly fell. Am I scared? Do I feel a sense of guilt being a white man? Am I part of the problem if I remain silent," Stamkos wrote. " I have watched and listened to the peaceful gatherings of people in protest and I have nothing but compassion and respect for that. I have also watched the looting and the riots. I certainly don't approve of those action, but as many of YOU have opened my eyes to, I see that these action may be coming from real pain and suffering. I can at least try to comprehend that."
The 30-year-old went on to say that he'll continue to educate himself on the issue pf racism and encourages others to step up and speak up against it.
"I know that we don't have all the answers right now, but I believe we can come together and continue this fight for change and a better tomorrow."
New York Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba says "as a privileged white male, it’s easy for me to live in this country," and that even though it's important to speak up when it comes to racial injustice, it's "equally important to listen."
"It’s been tough for me to find the words to say, so I haven’t. I’ve been listening. Educating myself. Letting others educate me before I speak. I thought I understood, but I didn’t. As a privileged white male, it’s easy for me to live in this country.
"I’ve always heard about the pain and fear of others but I don’t know if I ever truly sat with it and tried to imagine. I know that I will never know what it’s like. And now I know that as important as it is to speak up, it’s equally important to listen.
"Talk with your friends about racism, Black and White. Start conversations, self-reflect, listen, and engage. Black lives matter."
Chargers coach Lynn discusses racial injustice: 'I don’t want to just put [a statement] out there because it’s the right thing to do. I want change.'
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn shared his thoughts on George Floyd's death and the ongoing protests, and racial injustice to LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday, saying he's 'pissed off' and wanted to do more than put out a statement.
"I’ve read some good statements," Lynn told the LA Times. "I read Brian Flores from the Dolphins and I agree 100% with him. I read Doc Rivers’ statement and those guys spoke from the heart. I think statements are needed to bring awareness to the situation. But I want to do something too. I don’t want to just put [a statement] out there because it’s the right thing to do. I want change."
"I haven’t done anything to make this a better place for my son. I remember having the talk with him when he was 16 about how to handle police and then at age 30 I called him up and just had the talk with him again because I’m so scared. I want to do something but to be honest with you, I don’t know what that is."
"How do we effect that type of change? Where’s the accountability for that kind of [expletive]? That’s where I’m at right now. I’m angry, I’m pissed off and I don’t want to just put out a pretty statement."
MLB memo on addressing injustice
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued an internal memo to all MLB employees on Monday concerning the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the subsequent protests around the United States. Manfred said baseball wants to be part of the solution.
"Addressing injustice requires action. Together we must bring about change. Baseball wants to be part of the solution," the memo read.
A number of teams released statements Tuesday morning including the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets .
"Racism and silence in the face of it cannot be tolerated," the Brewers statement read. The Brewers also said they are committed to working with their community to effect meaningful and lasting change.
"We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society," the Mets statement read.
Former Toronto Blue Jays and current New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman retweeted the Mets' statement with the caption BLACK LIVES MATTER.
American international RB Yedlin shares emotional message on Twitter
American international and Newcastle United RB DeAndre Yedlin shared an emotional message on Twitter Tuesday after the death of George Floyd.
Yedlin, who has represented the United States in international soccer, said his heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd and his family, and "all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality."