July 9, 2021

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Blake Wheeler says ‘America is not OK’ amid protests following George Floyd’s death

Winnipeg Jets ahead and Minnesota native Blake Wheeler joined a rising listing of athletes talking out following the dying of George Floyd. 

Wheeler took to Twitter Saturday evening amid one other day of tense protests, which started in Minneapolis following Monday’s dying of Floyd after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for greater than eight minutes.

Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s dying has additionally resulted in protests throughout the US. with police vehicles set ablaze and reviews of accidents mounting on all sides because the nation lurched towards one other evening of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.

“I’ve wanted to say something for a while, but it’s been really difficult knowing what to say. My hometown is burning. Businesses where I grew up are being boarded up. America is not OK,” Wheeler wrote.

“Growing up outside Minneapolis, I always felt sheltered from racism. That’s because I was,” he continued. “Most individuals I grew up with appeared like me. I by no means needed to be scared once I stopped at a visitors mild or noticed the police in public. My children won’t ever know that worry both.

“I am heartbroken that we nonetheless deal with individuals this fashion. We have to stand with the black neighborhood and basically change how the management on this nation has handled racism. I am sorry it has taken this lengthy, however I am hopeful that we are able to change this NOW. George Floyd’s life mattered. Ahmaud Arbery’s life mattered. So did each different life that has been misplaced by this mindless violence and racism,” Wheeler concluded.

WATCH | Police hearth tear gasoline on protesters:

CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston reviews from Minneapolis, the place police hearth tear gasoline on protesters 5:01

Wheeler was not the one NHL participant to talk up about Floyd’s dying. San Jose Sharks forwards Evander Kane and Logan Couture additionally took to Twitter to share their ideas.

J.T. Brown is from Burnsville, Minnesota and he performs for the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

Brown is donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit paying bail for the activists protesting for justice for Floyd. He took to Twitter to encourage others to donate to the nonprofit group.

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