George Floyd’s brother Philonis Floyd said on Wednesday that he had no problem with the Raiders “I Can Breathe”. Shortly afterwards Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Filonis Floyd said the family thanked Raiders and owner Mark Davis for the support shown in the tweet.
The statement read:
“On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for the support of our family and to justice and equality for all in our country. Now, more than ever, we Must come together as one and move forward in this fight.
“For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breather. And I know that a lot of people go around the country and the world. Let us take this breath in honor of our elder brother who could not. Let’s do it for George. “
Davis and Raiders created a social media firestorm after the tweet, with some denying its intentions. Davis took full responsibility for the message and did not feel the need to apologize or take the statement given his intended nature, expressing sorrow at the family’s displeasure.
In fact, Davis said he took the lead from Filonis Floyd, who announced on behalf of the family after the verdict, “Today, we are able to breathe again.”
Davis said he was echoing those sentiments with his tweet.
“I think justice was served,” Davis said. “It is rare that I make a statement about anything. If I felt that this (Floyd) family was offended, I would feel very bad and apologize. Also, I am not apologizing. I sincerely believe that after listening to Filonis, this is a day that we can all breathe.
“We still have a lot of work to do. This is not the end. But it is definitely a step in the right direction. “