After seeing “disturbing” George Floyd video, Raiders owner looks for “solutions”

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Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a statement yesterday which said he was surprised the violence hasn’t been worse, regarding the protests that have erupted after the death of George Floyd.

And he wants to do more to try to help.

“To watch a man be murdered by a uniformed police officer kneeling on the man’s throat for nine minutes while three uniformed police officers either assisted or stood by watching is disturbing in too many ways. To be honest I’m surprised that the resulting violence hasn’t been much worse,” the statement issued from the team read. “Emotions are high. The temperature is hot. And there’s static in the air. But burning your brother’s house down ultimately is not the answer. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong. We have to come up with solutions. That’s the challenge in front of us. Not only as Americans. But as human beings.”

That’s as honest and raw of a statement as you’ll see from an NFL owner, as many are written with much softer language and not that kind of specific mention of the role of police officers.

And after the statement was released, Davis told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com that he has already had conversations with Nevada attorney general Aaron Ford and Clark County sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

“I want to get together with players, coaches and community leaders to get the conversation going, to discuss how to go forward,” Davis said. “The solutions start here at the local level, with the attorney general, the sheriff and other community leaders to open up lines of communication. That’s the beginning.

“Like I said in my statement, not only do we have to tell people there’s something wrong, we have to come up with solutions — as Americans and human beings. I’m trying to be positive but truthful.”

Davis has backed players who have wanted to protest in the past, and said he would continue to.

“If they have something to say, I’ll stand beside them,” Davis said. “I won’t stand behind them. I’ll stand beside them. And if there’s something I don’t know, I’m happy to listen to them. We’ve got to find a solution.”

Committing his resources — and his platform — to those voices will only magnify them, and offers an opportunity for some degree of change.

6 responses to “After seeing “disturbing” George Floyd video, Raiders owner looks for “solutions”

  1. Players and owners can talk about change all they want.
    But really, no one will listen to them.

  2. Good for Mark Davis. He is certainly not without his faults but I applaud him for this statement. He wants to be part of the solution, not just sit back and count his money like the other buttholes.

  3. What possible solution can there be. In every walk of life there are people who do things that make us scratch our heads. There are bad cops, bad doctors, bad engineers, bad french fry slingers. And sometimes you can be a subject of an armed robbery by a former fry slinger. I know I have.

    The solution is for anyone in that is bad in their profession/job to be immediately acted upon and subject to progressive discipline.

    I’m shocked that anyone thinks that this is that difficult to deal with. One of the former Presidential candidates this year had the ability to interfere and to pursue this bad cop and she let it slip through her fingers. See, even bad Senators exist.

  4. lesepi says:
    June 1, 2020 at 9:29 am
    What possible solution can there be. In every walk of life there are people who do things that make us scratch our heads. There are bad cops, bad doctors, bad engineers, bad french fry slingers. And sometimes you can be a subject of an armed robbery by a former fry slinger. I know I have.

    The solution is for anyone in that is bad in their profession/job to be immediately acted upon and subject to progressive discipline.

    I’m shocked that anyone thinks that this is that difficult to deal with. One of the former Presidential candidates this year had the ability to interfere and to pursue this bad cop and she let it slip through her fingers. See, even bad Senators exist.

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    one post on this from me and then back to football.

    except that it isn’t the same… and here is the different. when there are bad doctors, they don’t have another set of doctors just standing by in blind support after said bad doctor acted negligent. when an engineer does something bad, it isn’t investigated and kept secret by other engineers and the engineers union. when a bad french fry tech really messes up, they aren’t just transferred usually do doing french fry administrative work to determine if they really messed up and then often just transferred to another location to continue slinging french fries like nothing happened.

    the reason this has become such a big issue is because Police Departments, the Police Union, Cities and Government Officials have been allowing the bad actors to not only keep their jobs most of the time, but created an environment for them to thrive in. the possible solution is to open up Police investigation results to the public. Make complaints against Officers public record. Make Cities and the Police Union responsible for the actions of these bad actors so that they make the necessary changes to help ensure those bad cops never become cops in the first place, and that these sorts of actions (and often inactions) are not tolerated.

    and those are just the solutions off the top of my head, i’m certain there are many more things that can be done with regard to community engagement, etc.

  5. After reading Marks statement, makes me proud to be a life long member of the RAIDER NATION. He gets it.

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