Raiders Owner Mark Davis Explains Team Account’s ‘I Can Breathe’ Tweet

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The Raiders faced heavy backlash Tuesday evening after the organization tweeted a graphic in response to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd, which read “I can breathe.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis not only defended the tweet but said that he created the post.

“That’s my tweet. That was me,” Davis said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I don’t want anyone in the organization taking heat. I take full responsibility for that.”

He later clarified that the post was paraphrasing a quote from George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd. After Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Philonise said “Today, we are able to breathe again.”

Who should have a problem with his explanation?

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