Arizona Cardinals grant players day off from meetings to honor George Floyd’s memorial

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The Arizona Cardinals are giving their players the day off Thursday to honor George Floyd’s memorial.

Running back Kenyan Drake shared the news, noting “gestures like these create dialogue and expands the vision to help take the next steps for a better tomorrow.”

It’s encouraging to see this type of proactive support from the Cardinals, and other teams around the NFL.

George Floyd will have multiple memorial and funeral services

Thursday’s memorial in Minneapolis is the first of a few funeral and memorial services for Floyd, who was killed while in police custody on May 25. The memorial service Thursday will take place at the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy at this memorial.

On Saturday, a public viewing and private memorial service will take place in Raeford, North Carolina, where his sister lives. Next Monday, June 9, a public memorial will be held in Houston. On Tuesday, a private service will be held at an undisclosed location, per CNN.

Other NFL teams showing support, working for change

The Houston Texans are urging their players to attend the Monday memorial in Houston, if possible. Many NFL teams are removing football from the equation this week to discuss race relations, police brutality and how to effectuate change in the community.