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Las Vegas Raiders Send Out Tone Deaf ‘I Can Breathe’ Tweet After Derek Chauvin Found Guilty

Why would anyone do this?

Not only was it 4/20 yesterday but it was also a major day in the history of the world as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd over in America and the proposed European Football Superleague fell apart over here and so obviously social media managers for all mJOR brands out there were licking their lips at the engagement they could achieve with the correctly worded tweet.

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Unfortunately for fans of the Las Vegas Raiders though, their owner Mark Davis decided to take over their Twitter account and send the following tweet out, which was obviously universally crushed because anyone with a brain probably could have foreseen a backlash towards it:

Oh dear. That doesn’t really sound that great at the best of times – I can kinda see the sentiment but it’s just so clumsily transmitted – but when you hear that members of the NYPD police wore t-shirts using the same phrase to mock victims of police brutality in 2014 after the killing of Eric Garner it becomes a much more problematic statement:

Anyway, here are just a couple of the choice reactions about it:

Wow – even Blockbuster Video getting in there with the rinsing. You know it’s not going well when that happens.

Sadly for the Raiders and their fans, Davis has refused to delete the tweet and doubled down on sending it out, attempting to explain it by saying the following:

Eeesh. I think sometimes you gotta throw up your hands and apologise and delete the tweet and this is one of those times. What’s the point of this billionaire saying that he ‘learned something’, when his ignorance inadvertently pissed everyone off?

Sure, it’s possible that he didn’t remember this episode from the long saga of police brutality over in America  – I’m English and I remember it though FFS – but even so, if you realise afterwards that what you did offended everyone then it’s better to hold your hands up, apologise and delete, then just sit on your hill and say ‘sorry if you feel that way but it’s not my fault’. So tone deaf.

For more of the same, check out the full body cam footage from George Floyd’s arrest. Harrowing stuff that should never be forgotten.

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