Bengals rookie Joe Burrow shares passionate reaction to George Floyd’s death
Joe Burrow has only been with the Cincinnati Bengals for less than two months, but he’s already using his platform for good. Along with other notable athletes and sports figures, Burrow shared a passionate reaction to George Floyd’s tragic death.
“They have been unheard for far too long,” Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick, said Friday on Twitter. “Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn’t politics. This is human rights.”
Earlier this week, Floyd was unlawfully murdered by a police officer, and it was caught on video. Upon watching the sickening video, many have come to the conclusion that something needs to be done to prevent incidents like this from happening again.
However, Floyd’s death is another in a long line of wrongful deaths that have taken place to people of color. Burrow, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, wants to initiate some change from people that have a voice.
While he is a rookie in the NFL, his choice to speak out could incline others to do the same. Besides Burrow, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins — Brian Flores — released a statement on Floyd’s unfortunate death.
A few years ago, Colin Kaepernick attempted to induce some change in today’s society by kneeling during the National Anthem. Even though he wasn’t harming anyone in doing so, Kaepernick was blackballed by the NFL for speaking on social injustice to people of color.
Fast forward to now, and there has been no progress made in assuring that there is true equality in the country. In light of that, Burrow is informing people to stand with him and become part of the change that needs to be made moving forward.