Las Vegas Raiders criticised for ‘I can breathe’ tweet following Chauvin murder conviction 2 months ago

Las Vegas Raiders criticised for ‘I can breathe’ tweet following Chauvin murder conviction

The Las Vegas Raiders have been criticised for their tweet following Derek Chauvin's murder conviction

On April 20th, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder over the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. While the rest of the world watched accountability in action, the Las Vegas Raiders failed to read the room.

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In a tweet posted in the immediate aftermath of the ruling, the American football team opted to put a spin on the slogan and overall rhetoric used by the Justice for George Floyd campaigners and the Black Lives Matter movement.

It has caused uproar on social media but, quite staggeringly, they have yet to take it down:

Unsurprisingly, the post has been retweeted over 70,000 times, with almost 30,000 comments from people galled by the tactless tweet. However, as reported by The Athletic's Tashan Reed, it is believed that the organisation has no intention of taking it down.

Covered quickly in his piece, Raiders owner, Mark Davis was forthright about the tweet, taking responsibility but also explaining why the tweet won't be deleted. As you can see in summaries down below, Garner was also unaware of the already offensive nature of "I CAN BREATHE", following the NYPD supporters co-opting and distortion of the phrase used by George Floyd:

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