George Floyd’s family expresses gratitude to Raiders owner Mark Davis for “I can breathe” tweet

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Raiders owner Mark Davis didn’t flinch in the face of social-media criticism of his team’s tweet that followed the conviction of Derek Chauvin on all counts in connection with the murder of George Floyd. Floyd’s family has expressed gratitude, not condemnation, for the message that Davis sent.

“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,” Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said, via the Associated Press. “Now, more than ever, we must come together as one and continue on in this fight. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breath. And I know that goes for so many across the nation and globe, as well. Let’s take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn’t. Let’s do it for George.”

Davis explained after the tweet created an outcry that he intended it to reflect the sentiments of the Floyd family.

“It was taken negatively by 99% of the people,” Davis said, via the AP. “That happens. That’s part of social media.”

Indeed it is. No matter what anyone says on any subject, someone on social media will be ready to pounce. Davis, to his credit, held firm in his belief that the message from him and the team — I CAN BREATHE — properly honored the moment of justice for a man whose plea to Chauvin, “I can’t breathe,” was ignored.

That’s the deeper message from Davis and the Raiders. It’s important to ignore the noise from the millions who can pass around a megaphone that resonates for an instant but that ultimately means nothing. Davis said what he meant, meant what he said, and the Floyd family appreciated it. If anyone else has a problem with that, it’s their problem.

23 responses to “George Floyd’s family expresses gratitude to Raiders owner Mark Davis for “I can breathe” tweet

  1. As a Raiders fan who usually clowns Mark for most things, he followed in his dad’s footsteps with being on the right side of history. This franchise has been one of the most progressive franchises in the NFL and has paved the way for many people to have their NFL dreams come true. First franchise to hire a Black coach in the modern NFL, first franchise to hire a Hispanic coach (took too long for Flores to go into the HOF), and first team to hire a female executive. Al understood the future, and hopefully Mark does too. Now he just needs to get Gruden to not lose his mind and make smart and prudent draft picks/personnel decisions.

  2. Highest respect for calling this out.
    The George Floyd family knew what Mark Davis meant and intended.
    When highly influential public figures (or anyone for that matter) choose to see conflict without considering the intention here… well, that speaks for itself.

  3. Personally, I didn’t understand the “outrage”. Clearly, they were just expressing relief that what they viewed to be the correct verdict was reached – and then lots of people of the same thinking got on their case
    Like lots of events on Twitter it didn’t make much sense.

  4. “It was taken negatively by 99% of the people,” Davis said, via the AP. “That happens. That’s part of social media.”——–
    No. No it wasn’t.

  5. “It was taken negatively by 99% of the people,” Davis said, via the AP. “That happens. That’s part of social media.”——Yes. Yes it is. Bummer.

  6. I’m sure everybody who ripped Mark yesterday for his tweet are racing to their devices to issue their deepest, heartfelt apologies for jumping to conclusions.

  7. Reason number 1,532 that I don’t have a Twitter account, don’t ever go on Twitter, and generally speaking shy away from all social media including Facebook. (And no, I’m not a boomer and no, I don’t care if I am missing out on my niece’s 3rd birthday party photos.)

  8. Way to Go Mark! Continuing the Davis tradition of being a leader in racial equality!

  9. “Davis said what he meant, meant what he said, and the Floyd family appreciated it. If anyone else has a problem with that, it’s their problem.”

    Perfectly said.

  10. “Raiders owner Mark Davis didn’t flinch in the face of social-media criticism:”

    I think your Dad would’ve been proud of you in this moment. Well done.

    I miss Al but this seems like exactly something he would do.

  11. Did Mark Davis just show the world how to handle the Twitter-Nazis? Just ignore them! He may have just provided the biggest gift the world has ever seen!

  12. Let’s take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn’t.

    THATS A POWERFUL SENTENCE.

  13. Yeah I think anyone who read this, and most importantly knew the history of the Raiders organisation (CONTEXT IS IMPORTANT) would realize this was 100% support. I would consider myself to be pretty liberal, but understanding the context and common sense seem to be missing from a lot of peoples thoughts and ideas lately.

  14. The internet crowd gets so outraged over every little thing that pretty soon the rest of us are going to stop listening, those who haven’t already. Find something better to do than combing through cyberspace looking for reasons to be offended.

  15. Well said Florio. Time for the 99% of us that don’t get offended by everything stop catering to the 1% who do.

  16. This should bring great shame to those who were trying to be offended… But it won’t, they have no shame.

  17. Mark Davis is continuing in his father’s and the Raiders tradition of equality. 1st African American QB drafted, 1st African American coach, 1st Hispanic QB/coach, 1st female executive.
    Trolls can point fingers to the Raiders record over the last 20 years, rightfully so, but no team can match the Davis’ commitment to hiring and promoting the best people regardless of who they are, what they look like and how or if they pray.

    I have never been more proud of being a member of Raider Nation.

    Fan since 1967.

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