Mike Tyson gave his approval after former cop Derek Chauvin was convicted on three counts of the murder of George Floyd last year. He repeated the guilty verdict and declared it a case of “justice”.
Chauvin could sit in jail for decades after being convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest in Minneapolis last May.
The new US President Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris were among the high profile figures who publicly welcomed the verdict, along with former heavyweight boxing champ Tyson on social media.
Tyson endorsed the ruling to his more than 5.6 million Twitter entourage and received more than 10,000 likes, quotes, and retweets within three hours of his response.
NBA legend LeBron James also pithily backed the ruling by simply tweeting the word “accountability” in capital letters.
Despite some cynical reactions, the vast majority of readers responded with messages of support for both athletes on social media.
Floyd’s death served as a catalyst for anti-police brutality and racism gestures by a wide variety of sports organizations and individuals.
The most notable of these were arguably the NFL, NBA and soccer games around the world, where athletes mostly opted for one knee prior to the games in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Biden said that as it evolves, his administration will be encouraged to “get a lot more done.”
“This will be a first attempt to deal with real systemic racism,” claimed the Democrat. “Systemic racism is a stain on the soul of the whole nation.”
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