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Timberwolves dedicate game ball to family of George Floyd

Timberwolves dedicate game ball to family of George Floyd

The Timberwolves are keeping George Floyd in their hearts.

Hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd, the Timberwolves took the court vs. the Kings, winning the contest 134-120. Afterward, the team dedicated the game ball to Floyd’s family.

“We have the game ball and we dedicated that to George Floyd’s family,” guard Josh Okogie said after the game. “I’m glad we were able to do that.”

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Okogie has been one of Minnesota’s more vocal leaders on the social justice front, recently leading the Timberwolves’ auction to raise money for the family of Daunte Wright, another Black American killed by police in April.

“This was a moment that wasn’t meant for us. This was meant for our city and for George Floyd’s family,” center Karl-Anthony Towns said (via USA Today). “I think everyone in America right now is grieving with him and sending our prayers, blessings and love. They need it for countless days. They’ve been reminded of the tragedy that has taken place in their family. They’ve never truly got a chance to grieve.

“I think for us, we were just trying to do our part that we were there with him. This game of basketball is only just a little part of who we are. This organization and us really wanted to show them that we’re going to be with them every step of the way.”

Floyd was murdered by Chauvin after the police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020. The murder, which was all recorded on video, sparked outrage, protests and riots across the nation, with Americans calling for justice and accountability for Floyd’s death.

Chauvin was found guilty on second- and third-degree murder charges, as well as third-degree manslaughter on April 20.

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Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.