'It’s pathetic what happened': American golfer Brooks Koepka condemns George Floyd's death

George Floyd’s death in May prompted widespread protests across the country and a reckoning over racism in the United States, as more professional sporting leagues embraced protests for racial justice.

Reuters July 22, 2020 13:56:46 IST
'It’s pathetic what happened': American golfer Brooks Koepka condemns George Floyd's death

Golfer Brooks Koepka said that racism must be confronted across the globe, speaking to reporters ahead of the 3M Open, the first major sporting event in the greater Minneapolis region since the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Floyd’s death in May prompted widespread protests across the country and a reckoning over racism in the United States, as more professional sporting leagues embraced protests for racial justice.

“It’s pathetic what happened,” Koepka told reporters on Tuesday. “Then you watch it multiple, multiple times, it’s tough. You know, I get chills right now just even thinking about it.”

The four-time major winner added: “If there’s anything good, we’re starting to see change.”

Athletes from Major League Baseball to the English Premier League have taken a knee in support of Black Lives Matter. The NBA, which resumes its COVID-interrupted season on 30 July, will have “Black Lives Matter” printed on the game court.

Its pathetic what happened American golfer Brooks Koepka condemns George Floyds death

Brooks Koepka spoke to journalists ahead of the 3M Open. AP

The PGA Tour held a moment of silence for Floyd at each round of June’s Charles Schwab Challenge, as it returned from hiatus.

“Obviously this is a difficult time for everyone,” world number four Dustin Johnson told reporters. “No one ever wants to see something like that happen. Hopefully we can do things to mitigate those circumstances in the future.”

Updated Date:

also read

Racist abusers to be banned from football stadiums, says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Sports

Racist abusers to be banned from football stadiums, says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The proposed change to football banning orders follows a deluge of abuse being directed at several black England players after the team's defeat in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020, Form Guide: Tracking Indian golf contingent over last two years
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020, Form Guide: Tracking Indian golf contingent over last two years

Firstpost.com takes a quick look at the golfers that will represent India at the Games, and charts their journey towards securing Olympic qualification.

Firstpost Explains: What is Rule 50 of Olympic Charter and why is there a controversy over it?
Sports

Firstpost Explains: What is Rule 50 of Olympic Charter and why is there a controversy over it?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is strictly against any form of propaganda or political statements made during the Games and hence they will be enforcing Rule 50 of their Olympic Charter at Tokyo 2020.