Tiger Woods joins a growing list of athletes to share their thoughts on the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed.
The featured golfer posted a statement on Twitter that his heart goes out to Floyd’s family and “all of us who are suffering right now.”
He added that he had “always had the utmost respect for our police.”
“They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force,” said Woods. “This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line. “
Woods condemned the protests that turned violent, saying he remembered the Los Angeles riots.
The riots of more than five days in the spring of 1992 followed the acquittal of four white officers from the Los Angeles Police Department in the beating of the black motorist Rodney King in 1991.
“We can make our point without burning down the very neighborhoods in which we live,” said Woods. “I hope that through constructive and honest conversations we can build a more secure and unified society. “
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James are also among the athletes who posted statements, posted on social media or wrote about the protests and why they hit a nerve in America.