Bruins release statement: 'We want to be part of change'

Scott McLaughlin
June 02, 2020 - 12:36 pm
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Aside from the Celtics, who put out a statement on Sunday, Boston's pro sports teams had been a little slow to weigh in on the murder of George Floyd and the protests that have taken place in cities around the country, including Boston.

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That has changed on Tuesday, though. After the Red Sox released a statement from president and CEO Sam Kennedy earlier in the day, the Bruins have now released one on behalf of the organization as well.

Here is the statement in full:

Black Lives Matter. Bigotry, ignorance and senseless violence in any and all forms is wrong.

We are a hockey club, and sometimes it is hard to know when, where and how to comment on issues that challenge the freedom and well-being of our community. We want to be honest and we want to be accountable and we want to be leaders.

The abhorrent murder of George Floyd and similar events cannot be tolerated. We want to be part of change and we will lead with our actions. That has always started with treating all people with dignity and respect.

As far as the numerous statements we've seen from teams and leagues the last few days, this is a pretty good one. Saying they want to be part of change and vowing to lead with actions is encouraging, as the next step in all of this is going to be what these teams and leagues actually do and not just what they say.

The Patriots and Revolution have not yet released statements, although the Revolution have shared some posts from players and from Major League Soccer.

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