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The Raiders owner defended the team's "I can breathe" tweet in response to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.

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.” 

His phrasing mirrored his brother’s cry of “I can’t breathe” when Chauvin kneeled on George's neck while restraining him for more than nine minutes, ultimately killing George. 

“If I offended the family, then I’m deeply, deeply disappointed,” Davis told The Athletic. Davis also said the post will not be deleted.

Davis said he was not aware that New York Police Department supporters wore "I can breathe" shirts in 2014 following the killing of Eric Garner. Similar to Floyd, Garner also repeatedly said "I can't breathe" 11 times while multiple officers pinned him down. 

"Let me say this right off the bat: I was not aware of that," he told The Athletic. "Absolutely not. I had no idea of that. That's a situation that I was not aware of. I can see where there could be some negativity towards what I said based on that."

He does not plan to remove the post either, saying that "it's already out there." 

"I rarely, rarely post stuff, but I'm not into erasing something," Davis said to The Athletic. "It's not an apology. I'm not embarrassed by what I said, but I did learn something now." 

Floyd's death sparked a national movement calling for accountability when it came to the killing of unarmed Black men and women in police custody. People, including college and professional athletes, demonstrated and called for change after Floyd's death. 

NBA and WNBA players led the charge in speaking on social justice in the wake of Floyd's murder as well as the murder of Breonna Taylor, and many more lost to police brutality and violence.

The jury reached its verdict after approximately 10 hours of deliberation. Numerous leagues and players took to social media and posted about Chauvin's conviction. 

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3 women arrested in vandalism of Chauvin defense witness’ former Sonoma County home

SANTA ROSA  — Three women have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing the one-time Northern California home of a former police officer who testified on behalf of the officer convicted of killing George Floyd by splashing pig blood on it and leaving a pig’s head near the front porch.

Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all of Santa Rosa, were arrested Tuesday on felony vandalism and conspiracy charges. They were cited and released, Santa Rosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Jeneane Kucker said Wednesday.

After targeting home on April 17, the women also allegedly smeared pig blood on a large hand statue in Santa Rosa Plaza and left a picture of a pig reading “Oink Oink.” They have also been charged with that vandalism, Kucker said.

It wasn’t immediately known if the women have an attorney who can speak on their behalf.

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Kucker said detectives believe there are additional possible suspects and are asking the community to help identify them.

The home in the city north of San Francisco once belonged to Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who was on the stand in the murder trial against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Brodd, a former Santa Rosa police officer, testified at the murder trial that he believes Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was in keeping with proper police practice.

Chauvin was convicted last month of murder and manslaughter charges.

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