Story at a glance

  • George Floyd’s brother Philonise came to the defense of the Las Vegas Readers after the NFL team drew criticism for a controversial tweet made following a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin on Tuesday.
  • George Floyd said the words “I can’t breathe” 20 times as the former Minneapolis cop planted his knee on Floyd’s neck.
  • “On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation’s ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all,” Philonise Floyd said in a statement.

George Floyd’s brother Philonise came to the defense of the Las Vegas Readers after the NFL team drew criticism for a controversial tweet made following a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin on Tuesday. 

The NFL team tweeted “I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21,” to indicate relief regarding the guilty verdict. George Floyd repeatedly said the words “I can’t breathe” as the former Minneapolis cop planted his knee on Floyd’s neck. 

“On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation’s ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all,” Philonise Floyd said in a statement.


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Raiders owner Mark Davis previously defended his team’s tweet in an interview with the Associated Press (AP), saying it expressed relief that justice was served with the guilty verdict.  

“I thought that said a lot,” Davis said. “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.”

The Raiders tweet received widespread backlash on the social media site, with some users viewing it as disrespectful and tone deaf.

“It was taken negatively by 99% of the people,” Davis told the AP. “That happens. That’s part of social media.”

“It’s a tough situation,” he said. “I feel bad it was taken in a way it wasn’t meant to be done. That can only be my fault for not explaining it,” Davis added. 

Philonise Floyd urged Americans to come together following the verdict and continue the fight for racial equality. 

“Now, more than ever, we must come together as one and continue on in this fight. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breath. And I know that goes for so many across the nation and globe, as well. Let’s take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn’t. Let’s do it for George,” he said.


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Published on Apr 22, 2021