The death of George Floyd while in police custody on Monday in Minneapolis has sparked outrage locally and beyond.
Powerful video of the 47-year-old Floyd pleading, “I can’t breathe” as a police officer kneels on his neck has led to similarly powerful reactions — including many from the world of sports.
Here are some of those reactions from social media — some from local athletes and others worldwide:
*Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman reacted with a strong yet heartbreaking message.
*LeBron James posted on Instagram to his 65 million followers an image of Floyd next to an image of Colin Kaepernick, with the words: “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke”
*Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie added perspective with his own message.
*Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson posted a photo with another person holding a “Justice 4 George” sign.
*Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn’t mince words, calling what happened in Minneapolis “murder.”
Women’s basketball legend Lisa Leslie — with a message that was retweeted thousands of times, including by former Lynx player Seimone Augustus — challenged her followers to pay attention.