As a result of the incident in Minneapolis, when an African-American man was killed by a police officer, mass protests began across America and beyond. Athletes, including NHL hockey players, have shown they are not indifferent to the situation.
New Jersey defender PK Subban took part in the charity event. The Canadian transferred $ 50,000 to the fund of Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of African-American man George Floyd. PK Subban called on everyone to fight racism and support the GoFundMe Foundation.
On his Twitter page, Subban convinces everyone to think about their lives, what can be changed in it, and to take an active part in these changes. PK is ready for such changes.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews admitted that there were tears in his eyes after watching the video of Floyd’s death. He left a message for white people on his Instagram account. “We must open our eyes and our hearts. This is the only choice we have, otherwise, that will continue. ” – Toews commented on the situation with the protests.
Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said he showed news stories about the incident with Floyd to his children: Louie (7 years old), Leni (5), and Mace (3). “They saw George Floyd die on TV. He [Louie] asks us why the policeman didn’t take his leg off his neck? Why didn’t he raise his knee? We would like the whole family to take to the streets to support the protests. We want to show children how effective such actions can be, what a force it is when people get together. We often talk about it, show the children everything so that they understand the essence of the problem, so that they will always remember what it should be like, ”the hockey player said.
NHL leaders emphasize that racism, which exists today in all its forms, is unacceptable. But such words do not prevent cases of discrimination in the hockey league. Logan Couture insists that there are cases of racism in hockey, but he is grateful to those hockey players who speak bravely about this problem. We will talk in more detail about cases of discrimination against athletes on racial grounds in the next article. Don’t miss it.
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