Tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic posted messages on social media to mark ‘Blackout Tuesday’ — a day promoted to mourn and protest the killing of African American man George Floyd in police custody in the United States.
Roger Federer took to social media to post an empty black photo and captioned his post with a heart emoji. Rafael Nadal followed suit while Novak Djokovic posted the photo with hashtags #BlackLivesMater and #BlackoutTuesday.
Teenage US tennis star Coco Gauff replied to Roger Federer’s post with a card sharing information about ‘ways to help’ the cause.
The killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis has led to widespread protests across the US. The Minneapolis policeman who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Sports stars, from across the globe, have lent their voice to the protest. The likes of West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, Britain F1 star Lewis Hamilton, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Paris Saint Germain striker Kylian Mbappe are among the many who joined the #BlackoutTuesday movement.
Black Lives Matter. #BlackoutTuesday https://t.co/VANoWg4cko pic.twitter.com/FIelBxiTmn
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 2, 2020
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 2, 2020
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 2, 2020
The movement was started by music execs Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, who wrote on a site that Tuesday, June 2 would be a day to pause all business and take a stand against the “racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.”
The movement would take the form of people posting all black pictures to Instagram and other social media platforms.
US Open champion and tennis star Naomi Osaka has been among the most vocal athletes when it comes to the protests against the killing of George Floyd. Osaka criticised people for tweeting more about lootings during the protests than his death.
“I see people been ghost on twitter for a week when the events first started unfolding, but as soon as the looting started they sure are quick to give us hourly updates on how they’re feeling once again,” Osaka wrote.
Meanwhile, cricketer Daren Sammy urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other cricket boards and cricketers to speak out against racism a day after Chris Gayle said racism exists in cricket as well.
In a series of social media…