Statement from Art Rooney II
Over the last week, we have witnessed the anger and frustration in our city and around the country relating to the killing of George Floyd and the recent deaths of African-American men and women. We have also witnessed the good in so many people who have peacefully expressed their concerns.
I am proud to hear the voices of many of our players who have spoken out against racism and injustice and called for unity. As an organization, we will continue to listen to our players, coaches, alumni and leaders in our community and work together to bring awareness and change in the effort to create a more fair and equal community.
Statements/Comments from Steelers Players
- A friend, a brother, a father, a son, just someone you meet, these are different ways people might know George Floyd. To know that the color of my skin could be at the discretion of someone who is supposed to protect is truly disheartening. I'm praying for the Floyd family.
- To know a brother, a friend or someone I care about could be gone due to this just hurts. It's not acceptable. Thank you for the people who do serve the right way and continue to protect our freedoms. I wish all held up his end and cared for all.
- We all have people we care about and the fact that we can't believe in everyone who is in the position of power to keep all safe angers me and tears me up. Change must happen. Our children are inheriting a world that is not improving. Life should be precious.
- I still can't find my words to make sense of it all. Too many have died, and not enough has changed.
- The cruelty and injustice must stop, racism must end, and love must find a way to prevail. We are all children of God, equal in his eyes, and must hold one another accountable to fair and just standards.
- If we keep showing hate and violence, we will continue to have hate and violence. If we keep showing peace and love, we will have peace and love. I've retweeted disturbing and negative videos to HOPE they understand, but I will only be posting love from here on out. We know what's been done and know it's wrong.
- Make the Twitter timeline full of positivity. Like I said, I've been guilty of retweeting negative content, but that's not it. They want the sickening and shameless videos at 100,000+ retweets to keep us divided Make unity and togetherness the only content we see.
- Send me the GoFundMe of businesses that have been destroyed by the riots. I've done independent searches, but hopefully this helps me to be more thorough.
- Our country is in pain right now, and coming together is the only way to heal each other. No more injustice!