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MLB releases statement on death of George Floyd

Matt Johnson
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport

More than a week after George Floyd died in police custody in Minnesota, sparking outrage and protests across the world, Major League Baseball released a statement remembering Floyd and others who lost their lives to law enforcement.

MLB offers condolences to George Floyd’s family, speaks on prejudice and racial injustice

Following criticism from fans and players for not speaking out, MLB issued a statement on Wednesday stating the league’s zero-tolerance policy towards racism and racial injustice.

MLB also touched on the experiences of the African-American community, dealing with fear or anxiety from racial discrimination, prejudice and violence.

The league expressed its commitment to engaging communities across the United States in bringing out change for the entire country. Furthermore, ML said it wishes to help address issues relating to injustice and systemic racism that many persons of color experience.

The statement is just the latest to come from professional athletes, coaches, teams and leagues across the country as many weigh in on Floyd’s tragic death.

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was among the first in baseball to speak out following Floyd’s death. The Boston Red Sox expressed support for peaceful protestors and New York Mets star Pete Alonso also issued a strong statement in support of protestors and fighting against police brutality.