George Floyd’s family hosted by the Vikings for the season opener vs. the Packers. Bleacher report

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The Minnesota Vikings will host the family of George Floyd at the US Bank Stadium for Sunday’s season against the Green Flow Packers.

The team announced a pregame plan for Week 1, which includes the recognition of Floyd’s family following James Weldon Johnson’s pre-musical performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.

Have vikings Announced They will not host fans for their first two home matches against the Packers and Tennessee Titans on September 27.

Floyd was killed on May 26 by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who strained Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes while he lay on the ground.

Floyd’s murder was one of several similar incidents that sparked widespread protests across the country and prompted athletes of all sports to take a public stand against police brutality and racial injustice.

On June 4, a number of NFL stars filmed a video, asking the league to “condemn racism and systematic oppression of black people”.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to On the players’ call: “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the NFL, acknowledge that we were not listening to NFL players before and to all speak out and establish peace Encouraged. We believe the NFL is Black Lives Matter. “

The Vikings have launched new initiatives in the wake of Floyd’s death, including a $ 5 million donation to various social justice causes and the creation of a college scholarship in the name of Floyd that will be awarded annually to black students.