Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for killing George Floyd.
The guilty decision was handed down by the jury of 12 on Tuesday, April 20.
Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes while he was handcuffed and restrained on the pavement on Monday, May 25, 2020.
The 46-year-old Black man told Chauvin repeatedly: “I can’t breathe.” However, the pleas were ignored by Chauvin and it resulted in Floyd losing his life.
The Canadian Football League and all nine of its teams shared a statement after Chauvin was cuffed and taken out of the court room.
“On this day, when an historic verdict has been handed down in the murder of George Floyd, we in the Canadian Football League condemn racism in all of its forms,” the league stated.
“The experience of many of our players and coaches, as well as staff, whether they live in the US or Canada, show it is not restricted to any one jurisdiction or any one country. We all have a role to play in the movement for fairness, justice and equality.”
The Ottawa Redblacks added: “Today’s guilty verdicts in the murder of George Floyd has sent a message that reverberates across all borders. Racism, hatred and prejudice, along with the violence that all too often is the end result, has no place in our game, our cities, our country and the world.”
Ever since the death of Floyd, people around the world have banded together in protest. While many on both sides of the border have called for a complete restructuring of the police system.
Players around the CFL have shared their personal stories of racial profiling, encouraging education while aiming to creating positive change in society.