The following statement was written by Minnesota United midfielder Jacori Hayes in response to the death of George Floyd and resulting protests:
I offer my condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. No one should have to endure this level of pain, especially when the act was done by those ordered to protect and serve.
My parents and family worked hard for me to have a leg up in life. I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, one of the most affluent African American-majority counties in the country. I attended private school through high school and graduated from a top 25 university for college.