NBA, WNBA players react to guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

Brandon Wong
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After a lengthy trial for the death of George Floyd that began in March, the verdict found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of charges in second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin had been in police custody since last May for his role in the death of George Floyd.

The incident occurred when Floyd died after Chauvin pinned his knee against the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds after being arrested under suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a convenience store.

Videos of the incident quickly circulated online after being recorded by several bystanders, which sparked a worldwide protest against racism, police brutality, and lack of police accountability.

Prior to the verdict, Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. expressed his concerns about the trial’s outcome.

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“Main thing for me I’m scared, I’m scared that nothing’s going to happen again,” Trent said Tuesday. “I’ve seen it time after time to the point where it’s not even surprising anymore. It’s a gut punch everytime, it’s another slap in the face every time, and hopefully justice is served.”

The league also notified teams to be prepared for impact of the trial’s verdict, including the potential postponement of games, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michelle Roberts have since released a joint statement addressing the jury’s verdict in the death of George Floyd.

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Members of the NBA and WNBA have shared their reactions to the aftermath of the trial as well.

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