The nation has been rocked by yet another tragic incident that saw another African-American man, George Floyd, unjustly and unfairly treated by law enforcement last week leading to his death. The entire situation rocked many to their core, demanding change for ordeals such as what Floyd and many others have experienced to stop finally. These situations often lead to cruel death because of the broken system that is in place in the country. In response to that, Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson has come to voice significant praise toward Cincinnati Bengals‘ rookie quarterback Joe Burrow’s response to the matter.
George Floyd’s death
On May 25, Minneapolis police officers were sent to a deli after an employee called 911 accusing George Floyd of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
Things quickly escalated after the police arrived as it took all of 17 minutes after the phone call that Floyd would be unconscious and pinned down under three officers. The 46-year-old had been pushed down to the ground where officer Derek Chauvin continued to have his knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. In the last three minutes of that period, Floyd was unconscious and not moving.
That has created an intense outpouring of outrage from the situation where the police unfairly treated another African-American man in a brutal matter that led to his death. There have been many protests across the United States, spilling into France and Germany in support of those demanding change to prevent further situations like this from occurring.
Many notable figures for various walks of life have aired their anger and disappointment with the situation that shows yet another African-American man being handled unfairly. Among those was Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Joe Burrow’s response to George Floyd’s death
It has been nothing short of a disappointing situation with the unjust treatment from law enforcement being further highlighted.
All too often it has seen many African-Americans unrightfully handled by the police that added George Floyd to the long list of names such as Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown, who had their lives abruptly ended because of the broken system in place. In this time of need, Joe Burrow took to Twitter to voice that the black community needs to be supported and heard to evoke real change finally.
Burrow’s statement is quite clear that it’s something that all other ethnicities need to rally around the black community to bring forth justice and action that will help bring an end to incidents like this occurring moving forward. This unfair treatment by law enforcement impacts many minorities, but African-Americans continue to experience the brunt of these gutless and brutal acts.
LaDainian Tomlinson praises Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow’s strong statement pushing for help and support toward the black community hasn’t gone unnoticed as Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson has praised his stance. (H/T Pro Football Talk)
“For so long, when Michael Brown got murdered and Tamir Rice, you know what I wondered? Why isn’t any of our big-time white quarterbacks saying anything? Because in the locker room, we’re supposed to be brothers. We fight and bleed for the same cause. I care about you just like you care about me. I don’t care what color you are. It’s all about winning in the locker room. Why aren’t they saying anything?
“Fast forward to now and Joe Burrow puts out a statement. Big-time white quarterbacks are now starting to say something.”
Tomlinson’s statement does point out something that needs to continue to happen as it’s the support of white people that can help evoke significant change behind the protests and push for change that minorities are striving to create. As disappointing as it may sound, Burrow falls into that category of prominent white athletes with their platform to help, and their voices can create further awareness and attention to the situation.
George Floyd’s death was another shining example of the racism and broken justice system that the United States needs to fix and move away from entirely if change is ever to occur.