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Wizards and Mystics react to Derek Chauvin murder conviction

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Numerous players reacted to the news of the former Minneapolis police officer getting convicted of three felonies, including uninentional second-degree murder of George Floyd.

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On Tuesday afternoon, a Hennepin County, Minn. jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of three charges, including the unintentional second-degree murder of George Floyd.

The original incident happened on May 25, 2020 when Floyd was arrested due to the suspected use of counterfeit money at a convenience store. And while Floyd was handcuffed in custody, Chauvin placed his knee on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds while three other police officers helped restrain him or were complicit. A smartphone video of the incident went viral, sparking protests throughout the United States and the world.

It has also sparked a major movement among NBA and WNBA players. including those on the Washington Wizards and Mystics to promote racial equality and the end of police brutality.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment also issued a statement, which was also tweeted by the teams.

The NBA, WNBA and player unions have also released statements:

While nothing can bring Floyd back, the verdict is the right one. And as many of the players and the leagues have noted, there is still a lot of work to do.