On Monday, the Yankees were caught up in much of the rest of the world of sports, when they released a statement about the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Two weeks after Floyd was killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck and the nation that was affected by the protest more than a week later, the Yankees officially became the final MLB agency to weigh in, although several players, as well as manager Aaron Boone, had previously Addressed the situation on social media.
“The New York Yankees have been deeply affected by the stupidity that has plagued our country, including the assassination of George Floyd.” Read the statement. “We strongly feel that the most sincere approach to processing ideas should begin with creating space within our own organization that allows meaningful dialogue to flow.”
The team responded to the delay by explaining: “We’ve taken the time to listen to many of our players, staff and employees, and we want to keep this open speech going as we move forward. These conversations have been effective and sometimes uncomfortable. They are based on race, hatred and anger.” “The New York Yankees condemn all forms of racism, prejudice and injustice.”
It continues: “This organization also recognizes our position as community leaders, and we will continue to use our platform to engage and engage our neighbors and community partners in addressing social, economic and educational inequalities.”
The agency said it was “committed to reconsidering and maintaining” commitment to equality.
Earlier, Giancarlo Stanton was among the Yankee players who condemned Floyd’s death.
“Enough is enough,” Stanton wrote on Instagram. “Everyone is going to be helped to change this system. Regardless of your color or characteristics, we are all human beings who know what the bottom line is. The real change will be for Justice for Floyd and everyone who comes before it. Let’s all be part of the change.”