LeBron James, Naomi Osaka and other athletes react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Amid a crowd, a woman carries a sign with an image of George Floyd.
A crowd in Minneapolis celebrates the guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday in Minneapolis.
(Morry Gash / Associated Press)

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last year.

Here are immediate reactions from around the sports world on social media after the verdict was read.

The intersection of sports and social justice that began with Jackie Robinson and ramped up in 2020 continues with reaction to the outcome of George Floyd case.


George Floyd’s death in police custody in May touched off a nationwide reckoning on race and led to the trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin.

A jury can’t lead systemic change. As long as good cops protect bad ones, we’ll be in the same spot we were the day before Floyd died.