Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes released a fairly lengthy statement over the murder of unarmed African-American man George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. In his message, the Super Bowl champion condemned the “senseless” crime and encouraged Americans to treat each other like “brother and sister.”
Check out his complete remarks:
“First, I send prayers to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmad Aubrey. As I have watched everything that has happened over the last week and even before then, I have tried to put my feelings into words. As a kid who was born with a black dad and white mom, I have been blessed to be accepted for who I am my entire life, but that isn’t the case for everyone. The senseless murders that we have witnessed are wrong and cannot continue in our country. All I can think about is how I grew up in a locker room where everyone is accepted. We all need to treat each other like brothers and sisters, and become something better. Let’s be the world where my little sister, generations to come, and even my future kids will grow up never having to experience these tragedies and instead love each other unconditionally!
Love and unite!”
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 1, 2020
Shortly after his post, the Kansas City Chiefs’ official Twitter account tweeted something of their own, inviting fans to “love one another.”
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 1, 2020
This week was scheduled to be the culmination of the ReLIV campaign, the end of a journey we started in March, celebrating our Super Bowl LIV championship run. We will continue to ReLIV the pinnacle of last year’s historic season soon, but we believe our collective attention should be focused on the important conversations that are happening in our country.
The senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are a grievous reminder of the inequality that exists in our nation. We all have an opportunity and a responsibility to advocate for chance.
Part of the mission of the Chiefs is to ‘Unite Our Community,’ and we need unity now more than ever. We will get back to bringing you updates and an inside look at your team in the days to come, but for now, we encourage you to listen to, learn from and most importantly, love one another.”
Fellow Chiefs Also Posted Messages in Mourning and Solidarity
Mahomes isn’t the only member of Andy Reid’s squad to mourn the 46-year-old’s murder and post messages of hope for those seeking justice. From star safety Tyrann Mathieu to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the comments were aplenty and sentimental.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) May 30, 2020
Love my mf state 😤 https://t.co/SgygjgfVP7
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) May 30, 2020
Lol seems like without violence they use violence…. so what you want us to do? https://t.co/NJGO80RPDF
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) May 31, 2020
Perhaps one of the more moving statements from Chiefs personnel was defensive tackle Chris Jones, who also broke his silence Monday morning.
Prayers up!🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/2JzPyGyHHk
— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) June 1, 2020
The 25-year-old’s message reads: “First and foremost I wanted to share my condolences to the family of George Floyd as they, along with the entire country, mourns his unnecessary and tragic death. I stand with those who demand justice for George Floyd’s murder and systematic change to a system that has disregarded the lives of African-American men countless times. While I am filled with outrage at what has transpired and support all of the peaceful protests going on across the country, I want to urge everyone to figure out how we can continue this demand for change and bring an end to this institutional racism without self-destructing our communities and hurting innocent small businesses who all share our feelings and anger.”