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Eagles Owner Has Powerful Statement On Systematic Racism Amid George Floyd Protests

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By Clark Sparky

The protests following the killing of George Floyd are shining new light on the problems with police brutality and systematic racism in America. People are speaking out from all corners of society, and among them is Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines, he used his platform to write an important statement about what's going on in the country. It was posted to the teams official social media accounts.

He wrote the "silence is not an option" and that he is "heartbroken and repulsed" by the injustices inflicted on black communities across the country.

“Many of us, myself included, cannot truly understand the burden of a weight we have never had to carry through life. We must at least try, as best we can, to imagine ourselves as the person who is hurting, neglected and oppressed,” Lurie wrote.

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He went on to explain that everyone is "part of the solution."

He added, “It is our shared responsibility to address the pain and combat systemic racism. There is so much we can all do to improve our unequal system of justice, our schools, and our communities. This is a time for leadership. A time for us to be united in action.”

The team has been doing its team meetings remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic, and while the topic is typically football, on Monday the floor was open to talk about race issues.

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Many players spoke about their personal experiences during the meeting.

“As I sat in our virtual team meeting this morning and listened to some of my black teammates share their thoughts and experiences related to what is going on, I am truly heartbroken,” kicker Jake Elliott wrote on Twitter. “Devastated for my brothers and everyone directly affected by racism in America. It is a problem.”

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The protests have been going on for seven days and nights in mostly every major city across the country since Floyd was killed on May 25.

While there have been some violent moments during the demonstrations, Floyd's brother, Terrance, has urged people to remain peaceful.

"Sometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too," Terrance Floyd told ABC News' Alex Perez during an interview this weekend. "I wanna ... just go crazy. But I’m here. My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant."

Police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter for taking Floyd's life.2

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