— Sports

Following verdict in Floyd case, USC football reflects

USC was supposed to take the field on Tuesday for one of its final practices of the spring football season.

The Trojans decided football was secondary.

A short time after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for causing the death of George Floyd by holding his knee on the Black man’s neck – a killing that touched off worldwide protests – the Trojans decided the day would be best served to reflect and participate in the national conversation about racial inequality and police brutality.

“Following today’s verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, our team has decided to postpone today’s practice and instead discuss the racial injustices prevalent in our society and our daily lives,” read the USC statement. “While we realize there is much work to be done, it is essential not to push the conversation to a later date as our Los Angeles community has witnessed injustices for years. Some pro leagues braced for the potential of protests following the verdict.

The NBA told its teams to have plans ready – but games went on as scheduled Tuesday except for those postponed by weather or coronavirus-related concerns. “We as a league didn’t know if we were going to play this game,” Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan said before his team hosted the Orlando Magic, one of Tuesday’s five NBA contests. “It was kind of on hold to see the ruling. Possibly there would have been a cancellation if it had been a little different.”


The NBA shut down for three days last summer in the restart bubble at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Much of the league’s messaging in the bubble revolved around remembering those killed by police, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and Floyd. Most companies and teams put out statements after reading the verdict, condemning racial injustice. Many athletes did as well.

“Justice served on all counts. Good. Still, a ton of work to do,” read a tweet from Bubba Wallace, the lone Black driver on the NASCAR circuit, who successfully pushed the sport to ban the Confederate flag at its events last year. Augsburg University, a private Division III school in Minneapolis, called off its Tuesday games involving men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams. The school canceled classes for the rest of the day once word came that a verdict had been reached and scheduled an on-campus vigil for students, faculty, and staff.

Some high school events in the Minneapolis area were also called off for the day.

AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry contributed to this report.

Find AP’s complete coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Molly Aronson

I'm an award-winning blogger who enjoys all things creative but is especially passionate about lifestyle design. I blog over at mehlogy.com I love that I get to share my passion for healthy living, fashion, fitness, and travel with readers from all over the world.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button