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Watch: Players Protest Racism


Players protest racism in a powerful new video.

Frances Tiafoe, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka, Gael MonfilsJames Blake and more make a stand in the video posted on Tiafoe's twitter along with the hashtag "Racquets Up, Hands Down; Hands Up Don't Shoot."

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"I hope everyone's doing well during this crazy time," Tiafoe says standing next to his girlfriend, NCAA player Ayan Broomfield. "Ayan and I felt the need to reach out and express our feelings for what is and what has been going on here in America."





Protests have broken out in cities across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, an African American man, who was kllled during an arrest near downtown Minneapolis.

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd gasped for air and said "I can't breathe" until he died.

Chauvin, who kept his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly three minutes after he became unresponsive, has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

The other three officers who participated in Floyd's arrest and stood and watched while Chauvin choked him, have not been charged. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said today he was "very seriously looking at" prosecuting the three other officers who were on the scene but did not deter Chauvin from choking Floyd.

Several current and former players, including Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin, appear in Tiafoe's video which ends with the names of African American victims of racial violence.

Photo credit: Frances Tiafoe

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