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Many in the fitness industry took a break from offering workout tips and nutrition advice to address the death of George Floyd, issues of racism, and condemn protests that have evolved into looting and riots across the United States over the past few days.
George Floyd, a Black man, was arrested on May 25 on the suspicion that he used a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli in Minneapolis. During the arrest, a White police officer pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee for nearly 9 minutes, according to official reports, despite Floyd telling the officers he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was later pronounced dead.
The officer was later fired and charged with third-degree murder.
Civil rights activists quickly condemned the officer’s actions, and called it another act of racism and abuse of power by police. Protests started in Minneapolis, which despite starting off peacefully quickly turned violent. Minneapolis police precincts were targeted, as were stores throughout the city.
Similar protests and riots followed in major cities across the country, including in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
In social media posts throughout the weekend, fitness celebrities agreed that America needs to do a better job addressing systemic racism and weeding out corrupt cops. But some disagreed with the actions of the protesters, with some standing behind them full force and others calling out those who took advantage of the chaos to loot stores and attack police officers.
Here are just some examples of how the fitness industry’s top stars have reacted to the news.