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Kirk Cousins reacts to Minnesota riots

Minnesota Vikings

Times are tough in Minnesota, as residents are rioting after the tragic death of George Floyd. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins took to social media on Friday to express his support for Minneapolis, particularly for African Americans in the city:

“My heart breaks for our city, but especially for my African American brothers and sisters, who I know feel this on a level I can’t possibly understand,” Cousins wrote in an Instagram post. “Please know I am with you. I hurt with and for you. WE must do better. WE must be better. May God pour out His mercy and grace such that we are better.”

Cousins is just one of many athletes who have spoken out over the last week, but being that he plays for a Minnesota franchise, his comments will almost certainly hit closer to home.

The 31-year-old signed a three-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings in March 2018.

He had a rather rough first season with the club, and early on in 2019, Cousins labored, which had some debating whether or not Minnesota should bench him. But Cousins turned things around in October and actually played himself into the MVP conversation, ultimately leading the Vikings to 10 wins, a playoff appearance and a thrilling Wild Card Round victory over the New Orleans Saints in which Cousins threw the game-winning score in overtime.

For the 2019-20 campaign as a whole, Cousins threw for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 69.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 107.4 en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Cousins’ strong performance led to Minnesota inking him to a two-year contract extension earlier this offseason.