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Many black sports stars have spoken out in recent days to salute the memory of George Floyd and to point to “entrenched racism” in the United States. 

“I am deeply saddened, truly hurt and angry. “Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan joined dozens of other black sports stars who have spoken out in recent days to publicly deplore Floyd’s death and the “entrenched racism” in U.S. society. The 46-year-old African-American man was killed during a police checkpoint last week in Minneapolis, sparking a wave of emotion and protests across the country.

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“We’ve had enough”

“We’ve had enough,” said former basketball player Michael Jordan, “standing with those who speak out against the entrenched racism and violence against people of colour in our country. “We must continue to peacefully raise our voices against injustice,” he said. Michael Jordan had always refused to take a stand on social and political issues throughout his playing career (1984-2003).

He joins a chorus of voices from the NBA (basketball), NFL (football) and other sports in the United States and around the world demanding changes in the way blacks are treated in this country, especially by police officers.

There is widespread outrage. Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has denounced the silence of the “biggest stars” in his sport, which is “dominated by whites” – he is not. “I know who you are and I see you,” the British king of the track added on Instagram.

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Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours to a peaceful protest in Atlanta, Georgia. NFL leader Roger Goodell said the violent rallies “reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.

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“Am I next? »

Tennis player Serena Williams posted a video on Instagram of a young girl overwhelmed by emotion at a public meeting: “We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel this way. “Her compatriot and tennis phenomenon Coco Gauff reacted in a video posted on the social network TikTok: “Am I next? »

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All lives will not matter until black lives matter. #blacklivesmatter

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Three black players from the German Bundesliga also paid tribute to George Floyd on the field this weekend. The most spectacular gesture was that of Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram, son of French world champion Lilian Thuram, who knelt down to celebrate the goal he had just scored. Immediately after the match, his club posted a photo of his player on Twitter with the caption: “No explanation needed”.

This gesture was popularised in 2016 by the American NFL football player Colin Kaepernick, who in recent years has become a spokesperson for protests in the United States against police violence, particularly against minorities of colour.

The Liverpool football club also took action, with player Dehan Lovren posting a picture of the team in a circle on Twitter, with each player kneeling on the ground. “Unity is strength,” said the defender of the reigning European champions.

Dortmund’s young England striker Jadon Sancho posted a t-shirt with the words ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on it, also after scoring a goal. American Weston McKennie of Schalke 04 wore a ‘Justice for George’ armband on Saturday. “It feels good to be able to use this platform to draw attention to a problem that has gone on for too long!!! “he tweeted at the end of the meeting.

NBA star LeBron James reacted as early as Wednesday, as did Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who tweeted, “It’s murder. Disgusting. »

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