Programming note: Watch “Race in America: A Candid Conversation” on Friday, July 31 on NBC Sports Bay Area after the conclusion of “Giants Postgame Live.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week posted a powerful picture on Twitter featuring former Golden State players Devean George and Sleepy Floyd.
(Thank you Devean and Sleepy) https://t.co/8p85MIamuK
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) July 23, 2020
The two former Warriors were photographed wearing No. 8 and No. 46 Warriors uniforms, signifying the length of time — eight minutes and 46 seconds — that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck, resulting in Floyd’s death.
So how did this tribute come to fruition?
Sleepy Floyd explained the backstory during the latest episode of “Race in America: A Candid Conversation,” which will air Friday on NBC Sports Bay Area after “Giants Postgame Live.”
“I have a great relationship with the Warriors,” he said. “I do a lot of community stuff still — different projects that they call me out for. The PR department reached out to me and they wanted to do something to make an impact.
“I thought it was tremendous. It’s very creative. So they sent a jersey out and we took several pictures (with) different angles and different background colors, and they basically took it from there.”
[RACE IN AMERICA: Listen to the latest episode]
The image now is Kerr’s profile picture on Twitter, which can serve as a great reminder that the fight for racial equality is far from over.
As Sleepy noted, a lot of work lies ahead.
“Don’t forget. They (the Warriors) want to keep it in people’s minds. People still are dealing with challenges,” he said. “This is something that we have to fight for going forward … in our own individual ways impacting the community. Having those uncomfortable conversations — which I’ve had with a lot of my friends.
“I’ve actually cut off some of my friends (after) watching some of the things that they’ve posted regarding this whole situation from the beginning.”
Don’t forget to watch the entire conversation this Friday night.