Why Raiders Owner Mark Davis Posted “I Can Breathe” Tweet!
Las Vegas Raiders Mark Davis admits that he is the one who Tweeted “I Can Breathe” after the news that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. Continue on…
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CelebnSports247.com reports that that justice was served on Tuesday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Following the breaking news, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis admitted that he was the one who posted the Tweet and is NOT taking it down.
Just spoke with Raiders owner Mark Davis: “That’s my tweet. That was me. I don’t want anyone in the organization taking heat. I take full responsibility for that.”
Story coming soon on the reason for the tweet and Davis’ thoughts on today’s verdict at https://t.co/bxwBcPsbQs
— Ed Graney (@edgraney) April 21, 2021
Floyd told officers, “I can’t breathe,” more than 20 times before he was killed when Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes last May.
Davis told ESPN that he “meant no disrespect” to Floyd’s family with the tweet and that he “took the lead” from Floyd’s brother, Philonise, who said following the verdict, “Today, we are able to breathe again.”
Mark Davis said:
I felt that was a powerful statement. Today was a day where I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice was served. But we have a lot of work to do still on social justice and police brutality.
The tweet was widely condemned in replies on Twitter but remained pinned to the top of the team’s account hours after being posted.
Though, Davis was unaware that the phrase “I can breathe” was used by supporters of police in New York after the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and that he wouldn’t have used that phrase if he knew the history.
Davis told the AP:
It’s a tough situation. I feel bad it was taken in a way it wasn’t meant to be done. That can only be my fault for not explaining it.
George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, NOT OFFENDED!
“George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, has a message for the Las Vegas Raiders — he’s not offended by the team’s “I Can Breathe” post and is not demanding they take it down.