Maple Leafs condemn ‘senseless murder’ of George Floyd


Scotiabank Arena, home the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have released a statement in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the ensuing protests that have spawned in the United States and beyond.

The team called for larger-scale efforts to end systemic racial inequality. The entire statement reads as follows:

All of our collective hearts were broken as we watched the senseless murder of George Floyd, as well as the pain and frustration displayed in protests that followed across the globe.

Together, we need to do more to not only speak out against racism when we witness it, but commit ourselves to anti-racist efforts in the long run to ensure its defeat once and for all. Change is needed and, as leaders in our sport and community, the Toronto Maple Leafs are deeply committed to doing our part to help eradicate all forms of bigotry and racism.

There have been protests of all sizes across the U.S. following Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis. Since then, countless athletes and teams have spoken out against racial injustice, including Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews.

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