The murder of George Floyd, killed last May 2020 in Minneapolis after a police check, by agent Derek Chauvin, the protagonist of a babaro murder, caused a sensation after the spread of the video, mobilizing protests for civil rights worldwide.
Among the athletes who protested the most was Naomi Osaka: the Japanese player won the 2020 US Open after wearing seven Black Lives Matter masks highlighting seven different names of victims of racism and police abuse in the USA.
Almost a year after the murder, a jury delivered the final verdict on the affair, convicting Chauvin on all three charges, namely second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Naomi Osaka on George Floyd's assassin trials verdict
On Twitter Naomi Osaka wrote about the verdict: "I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day. The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling."
Also USTA posted a message on Twitter: "Today's virdict was is a forst step on the journey towards greater inclusion, equity and social justice. The USTA remains focused on creating an organization and sport that is open, welcoming and accepting of all and is equally committed to supporting social change that bring us closer to equality ans social justice for everyone."
James Blake added: "Guilty. At least the bar was cleared that murder on video isn’t acceptable. Still tons of work to be done to reform modern day policing. Thank you to those that are helping everyday Joo-Hyun Kang."
Cori Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Martina Navratilova also expressed their agreement regarding the verdict of the trial. Below some tweets:
I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day. The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) April 20, 2021
USTA statement following today's verdict in Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/pKp0G06GGX
— USTA (@usta) April 20, 2021
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) April 20, 2021
— sloanestephens (@SloaneStephens) April 20, 2021
Guilty. At least the bar was cleared that murder on video isn’t acceptable. Still tons of work to be done to reform modern day policing. Thank you to those that are helping everyday @JooHyun_Kang
— James Blake (@JRBlake) April 20, 2021
Yes!!!!!!!!! #guilty #GeorgeFloyd !!!!!
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) April 20, 2021
Following the first Australian success, on 28 January 2019 it also reached the first place in the world ranking for the first time. Naomi was the first ever Japanese athlete to win a Grand Slam title, the third in the Open Era to qualify for the WTA Finals in 2018 and the first Asian ever to reach the top of the WTA rankings.
Naomi and Ashleigh Barty are fighting for the WTA world no.1. Barty has been world no.1 since September 2019, for 69 weeks, 62 of which are consecutive. Over the course of her career she has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, four of which are Grand Slam tournaments: she boasts the victory of two US Open in 2018 and 2020 and two Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.