Sports world calls for unity and end of racism after George Floyd death

Protesters at Dilworth Park
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Jenkins posted on Instagram, in part, "For now, all of the attention is being given to the destruction of agitators. This sends the message to us all that this is the only way to be heard. Don’t let the chaos drown out the message, otherwise we’re doomed to repeat history again.”

The world sees now that their decision to ignore those who were/are committed to peacefully responding to the violence perpetuated against them, was a grave mistake. For now, all of the attention is being given to the destruction of agitators. This sends the message to us all that this is the only way to be heard. Don’t let the chaos drown out the message, otherwise we’re doomed to repeat history again. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #nojusticenopeace #areyoulistening #blacklivesmatter✊--

A post shared by Malcolm Jenkins (@malcolmjenkins27) on May 31, 2020 at 7:20pm PDT

Current Eagles safety Rodney McLeod posted said on Instagram that defacing communities is not the answer to change injustice and systemic racism.

As a black man, it’s been a painful and disturbing time throughout our nation and city; the ugly reminders of injustice and systemic racism will continue to haunt us as a country until we enact change. Peaceful protest, lifting our voices in solidarity, and civil-engagement are all a part of the change process. Defacing our communities only offers a shortcut to the progress we all want to see. I believe we as a city can rise out of this pivotal moment stronger, we have an opportunity to course-correct for our future’s sake, and together, each of us can reflect the attitude necessary to be better and do better. I am encouraging us all to speak our peace. #georgefloyd #justiceforgeorgefloyd

A post shared by Rodney Mcleod (@rodmcleod4) on Jun 1, 2020 at 6:57am PDT

Eagles legend Brian Dawkins quoted an anti-violence statement from George Floyd's family.

“Looting and violence distract from the strength of our collective voice. To assuage this death and begin the community’s healing, city and police leaders need to look at the culture they’ve created and ask the hard questions”. Part of a statement from George Floyd's family. https://t.co/ns0srlerqR

— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) June 1, 2020

Harris marched on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday.

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A post shared by Tobias Harris (@tobiasharris) on May 31, 2020 at 1:07pm PDT

On Sunday, the Sixers released a statement saying the racism, prejudice and injustice the Black community and people of color continue to face is unacceptable and can’t be tolerated.

"Now, more than ever, we must strive for accountability, including ensuring that our community is treated with fairness, transparency and dignity. We must stay united and strong during the conflict and hurt we are experiencing,” the statement read, in part.

A statement from the Philadelphia 76ers. pic.twitter.com/saDLjPDoF4

— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 31, 2020

Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons tweeted, "It is time for everyone, from all walks of life, to get comfortable with voicing & calling out the uncomfortable subject of Blatant Racism