The Bucs have today released a statement on the state of racism in America and have, as expected, taken a strong stance. As protests have spread across the nation, players have stood up united and condemned both overt and subconscious racism that has become an insidious part of every day life.
It is hoped that the wave of sentiment will finally lead to real change and a chance for an equal footing for everyone. It is the first time the Bucs have publicly commented on the recent events.
The Bucs response to George Floyd’s murder in full
“We are united against racism and the hatred which fuels it. We will not accept racial injustice, which has been responsible for the indefensible murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.
“Families should not have to worry about the safety of their children because of the color of their skin. Change for the black community must happen now and we must lead by our collective actions. We remain committed to listening and to effecting meaningful change to end systemic injustice.”
George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis when the officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The horrific video of the incident shows the complete disregard for his life shown not just by the officer directly involved, but the others that protected him and did not intervene.