Trail Blazers release statement, players react following Derek Chauvin conviction

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Blazers release statement, players react following the Derek Chauvin conviction originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

On Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd. He was remanded into custody, his bail revoked and awaits sentencing. 

After the verdict, people and organizations, such as the Portland Trail Blazers and its player, reacted to the news.

The Blazers message was simple, yet powerful: "We still have work to do.”

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The Trail Blazers statement comes after the NBA and NBAPA released a joint statement on the ruling. 

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Blazers forward Robert Covington tweeted about the outcome, as well.

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So did Enes Kanter

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Ahead of Tuesday's Blazers and Clippers contest, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts spoke on the news. 

Justice was served. Hopefully this is something that as a society we can grow and be better for it.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

"I would hope that people across our country understand what happened to our country over the past 12 months and that we are better for it as difficult as it has been," Stotts said.

Chauvin faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for sentencing in eight weeks.