Minnesota Vikings 'Deeply Saddened' by George Floyd's Death

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 27, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: A general view of the Minnesota Vikings' logo on the 50 yard line during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings released a statement in response to the death of George Floyd, who died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd's neck to the ground while placing the 46-year-old under arrest:

Minnesota Vikings @Vikings


Floyd, who died at a local hospital, was arrested near the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave., which is located about three miles from U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Vikings. 

As Ray Sanchez, Joe Sutton and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN reported, video of Floyd's arrest showed a white police officer kneeling on a handcuffed black man later revealed to be Floyd, who said he couldn't breathe and that his entire body hurt.

Other members from the Minneapolis community spoke out, including Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who posted the following on Instagram:

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski

Wolves Coach Ryan Saunders is almost never on social media. He took to Instagram today to speak out on George Floyd’s death https://t.co/tZyoqG4v7y

"Let's look within ourselves to confront explicit or implicit biases," Saunders wrote, in part. "We can no longer look at the news and move on. We must change how we view this horrific death, change the way we interact with people and change the way we let comments slide. Enough is enough. Silence and complacency only add fuel to the fire. We must be better. George Floyd deserved better. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #speakup."

University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel also released a statement on Wednesday and said that the Minneapolis Police Department will no longer be asked to help provide "additional support" for large events, such as football games and concerts:

Will Stancil @whstancil

University of Minnesota just broke a bunch of ties with the Minneapolis Police Department https://t.co/PBEkl9FErZ

Other athletes and coaches have also supported Floyd, including Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward LeBron James and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.