Prominent New York Sports Icons Speak Out Against Racial Injustice

John Healy
June 01, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Two New York icons are making their voices heard on racial injustice.

Derek Jeter and Patrick Ewing were the latest high-profile sports figures to speak out on the death of George Floyd and the protests against systemic racism that have erupted across the country.

Jeter, who is the current CEO of the Miami Marlins, released a statement through the team’s Twitter account on Monday calling for “racial hatred to end.”

“I am deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and feel the pain and outrage it has caused his family and people throughout the world. This is a narrative that has happened far too often with us as people of color,” he said. “It is time for racial hatred to end and to be unquestionably recognized and responded to with severe punishment.

“It’s encouraging to see all people of all color around the world speaking out and protesting another human tragedy that has too often been the death of a black person. No one should be excused from acts of racial hatred. Please do not allow anyone to demonize those who are standing up against these acts.”

Jeter, whose father is African-American and mother is white, addressed concerns he had for his own children and family.

“I hope that my children and nephews don’t have to live in a society where people are unjustly treated because of the color of their skin. I hope that their white friends grow up to recognize that it is not only enough to verbalize their non-racist views, but also to participate at an ative level to eradicate racism,” he continued. “I hope we can all denounce the insidious signs of racial hatred and take action as human beings.”

Ewing, who is the head coach of Georgetown men’s basketball and recently recovered from being hospitalized with COVID-19, said it is a responsibility to use his platform to speak out against racism and injustice.

“We will not be silent. We will not ignore senseless violence and brutality. We will be part of the solution,” he said in a tweet. “We stand with those mourning the death of George Floyd and countless others who have senselessly lost their lives in tragic acts of racial injustice. It’s time for our voices to be heard.”