TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Sports figures from around the nation weighed in on the protests going on across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s in-custody death in Minneapolis with a heartfelt tweets urging unity.
Whitehouse native and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes II used his own upbringing as a way to ask for the nation to come together.
“All I can think about is how I grew up in a locker room where people from every race, every background, and every community came together and became brothers to accomplish a single goal,” Mahomes said in a statement he posted on his Twitter page Monday afternoon. “I hope that our country can learn from the injustices that we have witnessed to become more like the locker room where everyone is accepted. We all need to treat each other like brothers and sisters and become something better.”
In the tweet, the Super Bowl MVP said he is praying for the family and friends of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery.
“As I have watched everything that has happened over the last week and even before then, I have tried to put my feelings into words,” Mahomes said. "The senseless murders that we have witnessed are wrong and cannot continue in our country,” Mahomes said.
Mahomes ended his statement on a positive note. He urged people to be the world where his little sister and the generations to come will be able to grow up without experiencing these types of tragedies and “instead love each other unconditionally.”
SFA men’s head basketball coach Kyle Keller has seen players from all backgrounds come into his program. In the past he has openly talked about having heart-felt discussions in his locker room with players about life outside of basketball and used those discussions to help form team unity.
“I am an Caucasian male that’s made a career in a profession where the majority of my players are young black men," Keller said. "I am not going to pretend I know their fear. However I want to educate myself so I can protect, support and fight for them because now more than ever it is the right thing to do. Their Parents have entrusted us to be more than their basketball coaches. They’ve entrusted us to be part of the support system that protects their freedom to pursue their dreams.”
Keller also stated in his tweet that as a country not enough has been done to resolves years of issues when it comes to racism.
SFA women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg also released a statement in an effort to show his support in uniting races and supporting his players.
“I can’t act like I know what it is like to be a minority in this country," Kellogg tweeted. "What I hope and pray is that I can provide a basketball program that allows young black females to thrive, grow and feel comfortable. I want them to grow into positions of leadership to help them break down walls and stereotypes that obviously still exist.”