Vikings players who attended George Floyd’s memorial service today:— Eric Smith (@Eric_L_Smith) June 4, 2020
Alexander Mattison, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Mike Hughes, Garrett Bradbury, Aviante Collins, Dakota Dozier, Tajae’ Sharpe, Tyler Conklin, Chad Beebe, Cam Smith & Jake Browning.
“I felt like it was important,” Rudolph said according to the Star Tribune. “This is our community. This is our home. I stand for what’s right and I’m against what’s wrong.”
Rudolph reportedly organized the group attendance with running back Alexander Mattison. Former NBA veteran Stephen Jackson — a friend of Floyd and outspoken voice on his death — and University of Minnesota football head coach P.J. Fleck were also reportedly in attendance.
With Floyd’s death occurring in the Vikings’ backyard, the team was the first in the NFL to release a statement on the killing. The Vikings said they were “deeply saddened” by the death and said everyone in the community “deserves the right to feel protected and safe.”
Two more memorial services for Floyd are planned to take place, one in his birthplace in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday and another in his native Houston on Monday.
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