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LeBron James, sports figures react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The sports world is speaking out.

On Tuesday, after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering of George Floyd. The now-former Minnesapolis police officer was filmed in May with his knee on the neck of Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Sports leagues and figures shared their statements and messages on social media shortly after the verdict was made public.

“ACCOUNTABILITY,” LeBron James tweeted.

“Justice and Accountability!,” Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns shared. “Things I never thought I would see. There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!”

Outside the NBA community, numerous athletes echoed similar sentiments.

“Justice served on all counts,” NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace wrote. “Good. Still a ton of work to do. Continue to rest peacefully #GeorgeFloyd”

“Let’s make this the new normal,” former WNBA player, broadcaster, and Atlanta Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery tweeted. “Accountability is served #GeorgeFloyd.”

Tennis star Naomi Osaka was less revelatory over the highly anticipated verdict.

“I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day,” she wrote. “The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling.”

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