The death of George Floyd has sparked outrage across the United States, and while many hockey players didn't originally speak up regarding the matter, they're finally beginning to do so. Sidney Crosby, one of the NHL's biggest stars, released a statement condemning racism and promoting inclusion.
"What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain wrote in a statement from his foundation Wednesday. "Racism that exists today in all forms is not acceptable. While I am not able to relate to the discrimination that black and minority communities face daily, I will listen and educate myself on how I can help make a difference.
"Together, we will find solutions through necessary dialogue and a collective effort."
Crosby is the latest player to offer his thoughts on racism in the wake of Floyd's death. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who is black, called for athletes to speak up on the matter and be the role models that people see them as.
These actions come after Floyd, an African-American man, died last week after he was violently apprehended by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
The 46-year-old was pinned to the ground by Chauvin, who then proceeded to kneel on his neck and prevent him from breathing. Floyd pleaded for his life and even told Chauvin he couldn't breathe, but Chauvin refused to move off his neck.
Floyd was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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