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‘We’re hunted’: LeBron James among athletes expressing anger at George Floyd’s death

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Athletes including LeBron James, Lewis Hamilton and Colin Kaepernick have expressed their anger and grief over the death of George Floyd, the African American man who died after being pinned to the ground by police on Monday.

Floyd’s death sparked outrage across America after video of his death emerged. In the video a white police officer kneels on Floyd’s neck as the 46-year-old says he is unable to breathe, before he eventually stops moving.

LeBron James, who has spoken out against police brutality in the past, compared the police officer’s stance to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest in 2016, during which he knelt during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice in the US.

James posted a photo of the police officer kneeling on Floyd next to one of Kaepernick in a similar position before an NFL game. “This … … Is Why,” James wrote in a post to his 65m Instagram followers. “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke”. Kaepernick also shared a version of James’s photo on Instagram, as did Formula One world champion Hamilton.

The Los Angeles Lakers star also posted an Instagram story on Tuesday that featured a photo of Floyd and the caption: “We’re hunted.”

The former NBA forward Stephen Jackson described Floyd as his “twin” in an Instagram post. “Twin,” wrote Jackson. “I promise I won’t let this BS ride. Already talked to [civil rights activist] @shaunking. Anybody from Houston/Cuney Homes u know this was my brother. Can’t let this ride. All hands on deck. Rest Easy Twin”.

NBA star Donovan Mitchell and NFL star Odell Beckham both described Floyd’s death as “sickening” on Twitter. Meanwhile, Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Lawrence asked on Twitter: “HOW CAN WE FEEL SAFE WHEN THOSE MEANT TO PROTECT US ARE KILLIN’ US?!!!!”

Four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired and the FBI has started an investigation. Floyd’s sister, Bridget, said on Wednesday that the officers “should be in jail for murder”. She added: “Me and my family are taking this very, very hard. It’s very heartbreaking, it’s very disturbing.”

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End SARS: Details of Ooni’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge

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Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, on Monday hosted Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former President, with an appeal to the End SARS protesters across Nigeria to retreat.

Ooni, while receiving Obasanjo at his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile-Ife, described the End SARS protests as a clear message by the Nigerian youth to the government.

He also urged the youths to give the government the chance to attend to their demands fully.

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The royal father said, “If you look at the End SARS protest, you’ll see that our youths have what it takes to rule the country.

“Since day one, they’ve shown leadership, accountability and a huge sense of responsibility which has sent a clear message to the government.

“Every day at 11:50 pm, they displayed their financial update, and to me, I am highly amazed by their sense of accountability.

“As a youth leader myself, I’m proud that we all have communicated our ideas, and it’s heartwarming that we’ve been heard.

“Dear youths, it’s time to retreat so as to prevent those with ulterior motives from hijacking the peaceful message of peace.

“The whole world is aware of our peaceful conduct, and we must not let some bad elements tarnish this enviable integrity.

“Once again, I wish to urge our youths to stop the protest, for now and give peace a chance. This will prevent the government from using force.”

Speaking earlier, NAN reports that Obasanjo described the EndSARS protest as the product of an extensive agitation by the Nigerian youth that needed to be attended to by the government.

He said: “More than 65 percent of our population are under the ages of 18 and 30; they aren’t only struggling to acquire education, they’re also aspiring for the best that life can offer them.

“Some of them did not even get educated, while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would’ve to be removed.

But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youth, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.

“Fortunately, the President has children, and he knows how youths behave.

“I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youth know that he, as a father, understands their plight and that his government understands their plight and he’s ready to make life better for them.”

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