These are the last words spoken by George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police last month. “Madness. Insanity, “said Phillips, who received loud cheers from Arizonans when he threw off his mask.
“I mean, this guy,” Zaidi told the Athletic. “You can quote me on that. F— this guy. ”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey criticized Phillips for his comments, and Phillips apologized – “It was a stupid and callous comment that I shouldn’t have made, and I had no intention of disrespect anyone by making this comment ”- but Zaidi stayed steamed.
Coronavirus cases have reached record levels in Arizona, and many Giants players and employees live in the Scottsdale area.“I think anyone would have a hard time going beyond the heinous insensitivity of his statement,” said Zaidi in the interview with Athletic. “But even if you can go beyond that – the fact that this guy tolerates behavior that puts our staff and our players at risk?” Like, seriously. F— this guy. I can’t believe this guy is a public servant in this country. It’s incredible. ”
The Giants’ relationship with Scottsdale is vital to the community. Their presence every February and March injects millions of dollars into the local economy, and they move their minor league facilities from Indian School Park to a Papago Park complex costing more than $ 50 million.
“I know we will have internal conversations about this,” said Zaidi of the Phillips episode. “I don’t know how you can look at this and not be angry. And anger can be too simple a term. As for the remedies we have, I would not like to talk about them. But I’m upset about it. And I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that. ”
John Shea covers the Giants for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JohnSheaHey