'Who approved this': NFL team's George Floyd tweet condemned

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
The Las Vegas Raiders was slammed for this tweet. (Twitter)
The Las Vegas Raiders was slammed for this tweet. (Twitter)

American sport fans have let rip at an NFL club after an 'offensive' tweet following the announcement former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of all three charges of murder and manslaughter in the deadly arrest of George Floyd.

The 12-member jury found Chauvin, 45, criminally liable in Floyd's death last year after considering three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses.

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Floyd's murder prompted an outpouring of civil unrest across America that extended to the sports community.

Fans and clubs praised the decision on Wednesday (AEST) with NBA superstar LeBron James tweeting one word: "ACCOUNTABILITY".

While clubs tweeted their response to the news, the Las Vegas Raiders were viewed by fans to have missed the mark with an 'offensive' tweet.

Pinned to the top of their social media account is a post that reads: "I can breathe - 4/20/21".

The words come after Floyd could be heard telling the policemen he couldn't breath during his arrest.

Fans were left fuming at the post and called for the Raiders with one fan asking "who approved this."

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Sports world reacts to Chauvin verdict

Athletes, teams and leagues across the sporting landscape reacted to the news of Tuesday's verdict.

Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted: "Justice and Accountability! Things I never thought I would see.

"There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!"

While NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace wrote: "Justice served on all counts. Good. Still a ton of work to do. Continue to rest peacefully George Floyd."

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