‘Accountability is served’: Sports world reacts to Chauvin being found guilty

‘Accountability is served’: Sports world reacts to Chauvin being found guilty

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd.

The jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours, spanning two days, following an emotional trial that lasted three weeks — all centred around the nine minutes Chauvin spent kneeling on Floyd’s neck outside a Minneapolis market, until the latter took his final breaths. The crime Floyd was suspected of was using a counterfeit $20 bill.

It was determined Tuesday that Chauvin is guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Sentencing will be completed in the coming weeks, with Chauvin facing up to 40 years in prison.

Floyd’s death in May 2020 set off months of protests against acts of police brutality and abuse against Black people. Athletes from all sports were among those who marched for justice, while a number of leagues adopted ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘End Racism’ messaging when they returned from their respective COVID-19 pauses.

When the verdict was read live on national television, an outpouring of relief from the sports community followed quickly:

Athletes comment on Chauvin being found guilty of murder

The resounding commentary from athletes was that the verdict served as a step towards justice, that it served as accountability, with the work of attaining justice unfinished.

League statements

Teams add their voice to the fight for justice

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