Change starts with listening, beginning with our own communities. We are taking this time to listen to the ESPN family’s diverse set of voices as we share what’s in our hearts following the tragic death of George Floyd. The discussion is ongoing and we will continue to amplify these voices as the conversation continues.
We stand against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow Black and African-American colleagues. We stand with our fellow fans, athletes, and the entire Black community.
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— ESPN (@espn) June 2, 2020
Lonnae O’Neal writes that with his dying breaths, Floyd called for his mother as an assurance of memory.
Jerry Bembry spoke to people who knew George Floyd in his native Houston.
Justin Tinsley writes why a viral meme of Dr. Martin Luther King is disrespectful.
From The Undefeated staff: Street art of Floyd reflects our pain and suffering.
Former NBA coach David Fizdale shared an essay, “A Voice for the Voiceless.”
USC journalism major Reagan Griffin Jr. writes “A Letter to My White Friends.”
Jason Reid writes on behalf of Sonia Y.W. Pruitt, the national chairwoman of the National Black Police Association, who calls for action.
Marcus Spears shared an emotional discussion he had with his 11-year-old son in wake of George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests.
Michael Eaves led into Jeremy Schaap’s essay, sharing how Eaves felt coming to work in the wake of nationwide protests.
Elle Duncan and Matt Barrie – who is the son of a police officer – shared their perspectives on SportsCenter.
Former NBA coach David Fizdale elaborated on his essay for The Undefeated, called “A Voice for the Voiceless,” on Outside The Lines with Jeremy Schaap.
On Get Up, Louis Riddick and Jalen Rose discussed how athletes are calling for justice.
On The Jump, Rachel Nichols discusses the NBA community’s pursuit of social justice.
On First Take, Stephen A. Smith interviews Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Smith, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Kellerman discuss Americans protesting for change.
Smith, Charlamagne tha God and Kellerman discuss the protests.
Chiney Ogwumike on Get Up, shares why athletes continue to use their platform for social change.
Jalen Rose on Get Up talks about what role the sports community can play in bringing change.
Pardon The Interruption began the show with co-hosts Tony Korheiser and Michael Wilbon’s personal reactions.
On Jalen & Jacoby, Rose and David Jacoby discuss Floyd’s death and protests.
On First Take, Maria Taylor’s statement on Drew Brees moves many, including LeBron James.
On First Take, Louis Riddick suggests that “equal opportunity needs to be normalized.”
On Social Media
Have the awkward conversation.
Talk about systematic racism.
Talk about opportunity – both given & withheld.
Talk about privilege.
Talk about others’ pain.
Admit you don’t know stuff.
Ask how to make it better.
Listen. Learn. Love.
— Jen Lada (@JenLada) May 31, 2020
For those @Twitter users, like me, losing followers because you care, post and share thoughts, videos, reports of what is going on in our country right now, instead of just sticking to sports, don’t worry about it. As my mother used to say “Their Loss”. Keep being you. ❤️
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) June 1, 2020
— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) June 3, 2020
I honestly had no idea how many racist and anti-semitic people followed me on social media. Sheesh. Today has been quite the learning experience. Disheartening, but I’m happy I know. I just hope all those who threatened to unfollow actually go through with it. ✌️
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 2, 2020
Good morning! Some of y’all are scared to speak out because you know people will pull receipts! My unsolicited advice— own your mess. Or better yet be transparent and upfront to begin with. Your prides not more important than the purpose! Let’s talk. ✊🏽
— Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) June 3, 2020
WNBA star Brianna Turner tells Mechelle Voepel her thoughts on Floyd’s death
Myron Medcalf reports on college basketball star Seth Towns being detained by police during a rally at Ohio State.
Tim Bontemps reports on NBA star Jaylen Brown’s drive from Boston to Atlanta to lead rally.
Jeff Legwold reports on NFL linebacker Brandon Marshall and his thoughts about his friend Colin Kaepernick.
Andrea Adelson reports on University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh marching with protesters
On ESPN.com’s Global Index Pages
ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop praises Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and other Bundesliga footballers for speaking out for change.
ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop reacts to the statement released by FIFA regarding the Bundesliga player tributes to George Floyd.
ESPN FC’s Gab Marcottti: What we can learn from “Justice for George Floyd” show of support in Bundesliga.
ESPN F1: Hamilton calls out “white dominated” F1 for silence over George Floyd
ESPN Cricinfo: Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle raise voice against racism in wake of George Floyd killing
On ESPN Audio
Doug Glanville and former college football star Taj Boyd joined Golic And Wingo.
Elle Duncan joined The Paul Finebaum Show to share her experiences with racism and offer ideas to take action.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders joined Mina Kimes on the ESPN Daily for a conversation about mourning Floyd.
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the effect that the death of George Floyd has had on society.
Damien Woody tells SVP & Stanford Steve that he tries to not comes across as “big” because he’s afraid he will scare people
Woody says the Saints locker room will have a real conversation with Brees
LaChina Robinson interviews WNBA star Natasha Cloud on the Around The Rim podcast on PodCenter: “You are the knee on my neck”
Cloud: “On more white athletes need to speak out”