Miami Heat statement: 'Our hearts are broken. But our resolve is not'

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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The Miami Heat issued a statement Monday in the wake of the killing of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the ensuing unrest, including in South Florida.

"One of the characteristics that makes the city of Miami so unique is its immense cultural diversity. This diversity is a celebrated part of South Florida, both inside and out of AmericanAirlines Arena. It is one of the reasons we deeply mourn the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, whom we have lost to acts of extreme and excessive violence against African-Americans; acts that have unfortunately become all too commonplace.

"The Miami Heat sends their deepest condolences to the Floyd, Taylor and Arbery families. Our hearts are broken. But our resolve is not. We urge everyone to responsibly let their voices be heard and encourage our community to come together."

Earlier Monday, the National Basketball Coaches Association issued a statement that was co-signed by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and assistants Malik Allen, Dan Craig, Octavio De La Grana and Chris Quinn that read:

"Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

As NBA coaches -- both head and assistant coaches -- we lead groups of men, most of whom are African American, and we see, hear and share their feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger.

"The events of the past few weeks -- police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable.

"As a diverse group of leaders, we have a responsibility to stand up and speak out for those who don't have a voice -- and to stand up and speak out for those who don't feel it is safe to do so.

"Witnessing the murder of George Floyd in cold blood and in broad daylight has traumatized our nation, but the reality is that African Americans are targeted and victimized on a daily basis. As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage.


"We are committed to working in our NBA cities with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies to create positive change in our communities. We have the power and platform to affect change, and we will use it."

Those statements came in the wake of Heat captain Udonis Haslem adding his voice to those who previously had spoken out.

"There definitely has to be justice for George," Haslem said Sunday. "There definitely has to be protest for what happened to George. But I'd be lying if I said it's been gone about the right way. I'd be lying if I said I'm proud of what's really been going on."

Among Sunday's protests in Miami-Dade was one at 8th Street and Biscayne Boulevard alongside AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the Heat, including a chant of, "No justice, no peace."

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