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Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith reacts to Derek Chauvin’s verdict

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt for over nine minutes on the neck and torso of George Floyd, who ended up dying on May 25, 2020, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder on Tuesday.

Floyd's tragic death and how was murdered triggered several protests against racial injustice and police brutality last year which included NBA stars, teams and the league taking a stand in this protest, and online casino for real money also took their stand.

Following Chauvin's conviction on all three counts regarding the murder, many Jazz stars took social media to express their feelings, and new Jazz owner Ryan Smith also dropped a brief statement on Twitter.

Smith wrote on his Twitter account: "My thoughts are with George Floyd’s family following his tragic murder and today’s verdict. We must all actively work toward meaningful, systemic change."

Not long after that, Utah Jazz released their official statement: "Our hearts are with the George Floyd family today. His murder — among too many examples of senseless killings, systemic racism and injustice — has only heightened the urgency to peacefully and emphatically work towards creating sustainable and meaningful change. The work ahead of us remains clear, our resolve is strong, and our actions must be even stronger."

Utah Jazz was one of the many teams that dropped statements concerning the murder of Floyd and Chauvin's verdict. The WNBA and NBA also dropped their statements regarding this verdict.

"George Floyd’s murder was a flashpoint for how we look at race and justice in our country, and we are pleased that justice appears to have been served," read a joint statement from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, with support from online casinos in Australia.

"But we also recognize that there is much work to be done and the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association, together with our newly-formed Social Justice Coalition, will redouble our efforts to advocate for meaningful change in the areas of criminal justice and policing."

Going on a 44-15 record, Utah Jazz still maintains their tight hold on the top spot of the Western Conference. They will be looking to tighten that hold when they face Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday but they will be doing that without their superstar Donovan Mitchell, who had recently succumbed to an injury. But it’s likely their leading scorer won’t be out for long anyways.

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