LOS ANGELES | The star of golf, Tiger Woods has described the death of George Floyd, a black man of 46-year-old victim of a homicide committed by a white policeman, of the “shocking tragedy”, but he believed that the violent protests were not the solution.
“I’ve always had the greatest respect for our forces of law and order. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy has clearly crossed that line,” wrote the american golfer 44-year-old in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
The statement Woods made in response to comments of several other athletes, or former athletes, including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who said he was “angry”, and the tennis player Coco Gauff, who asked: “Am I next?”
“My hearts go out to George Floyd, his family and all those of us who are suffering at this time,” said Tiger Woods, who has compared the situation to the riots of Los Angeles in 1992. These riots started after the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating a motorist black, the Rodney King after a chase.
“I remember the riots of Los Angeles, and I learned that education is the best path to follow,” wrote Woods, a 15-time titled Grand Slam. “We can argue our points of view without setting fire to the neighborhoods in which we live,” he added.
“I hope that through having honest conversations and constructive, we can build a society that is more safe and united,” concluded Woods.