The poor social media team for the Las Vegas Raiders have taken a bunch of heat over a tweet that was sent out following Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being convicted of murdering George Floyd.
The tweet sent by the team’s official account on Tuesday said, “I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21.” As you already know, Floyd was heard on video saying “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times as former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes and killing him.
Raiders owner Mark Davis soon released a statement and took blame for the tweet.
“That’s my tweet. That was me. I don’t want anyone in the organization taking heat. I take full responsibility for that.”
Davis said the “I Can Breathe” wording came from George Floyd’s brother Philonise, who said “Today, we are able to breathe again.”
Davis added: “If I offended the family, then I’m deeply, deeply disappointed.”
He also informed everybody that the post won’t be deleted.
Soon after that bit of news, Washington Wizards superstar Bradley Beal threw down the gauntlet on the team.
“Need y’all ass whooped!”
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on all counts in the death of George Floyd, whose killing sparked worldwide protests around the country and even in the sports world. The jury found Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
In Minnesota, second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Third-degree murder is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Second-degree manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.