Pittsburgh Penguins star and face of the NHL Sidney Crosby released a statement on Wednesday morning through the Sidney Crosby Foundation via social media. Last week, Crosby was publicly prodded to comment by San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane. On Tuesday, the NHL Twitter account simply retweeted player and team statements against racism and against the violence occurring across the United States.
On Wednesday, Crosby released a statement and signed it, simply, Sidney. The statement read:
“What happened to George Floyd cannot be ignored. Racism that exists today in all forms is not acceptable. While I am not able to relate to the discrimination that black and minority communities face daily, I will listen and educate myself on how I can help make a difference.
Together, we will find solutions through necessary dialogue and collective effort.
Crosby has been reluctant to speak publicly on political issues but instead has focused his activities on charitable giving including donating 100,000 meals to local Pittsburgh foodbanks in April.
— Sidney Crosby Foundation (@87Foundation) June 3, 2020