Las Vegas Raiders facing backlash


Natalia Cullins, Contributor

The Las Vegas Raiders are facing backlash after a tweet saying, “I can breathe” after the conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.  

Lebron James calls out the tweet made by the football team and says “This is real???? Nah man this ain’t it at all. The F***!!!” The raiders owner Mark Davis defended the team’s social media post and says the wording came from George Floyd’s own brother Philonise who said “Today, we are about to breathe again.” (FOX NEWS) 

Many say the tweet was taken out of context and the NFL voiced their own thoughts about the guilty verdict on Derek Chauvin trial. While many say that Lebron James took out a different way, others are agreeing with him and saying the tweet was insensitive, and if they had black creators this wouldn’t have happened or even been tweeted.  

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Davis says he would apologize about the tweet only if he offended the family and that he stands with George Floyd and his family. (CBS) 

Although many people took it in many ways, Philonise, George Floyd’s brother says, “On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation’s ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all.” (Newsweek)