Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. is urging people to pray for the four police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Despite his good intentions, the online community is blasting him for even suggesting such a thing.
Wednesday afternoon, Porter took to Twitter, urging people all over the country to pray for the Minneapolis police officers responsible for Floyd’s death.
“As much as you pray for the George family, gotta also pray for the police officer(s) who were involved in this evil. As hard as it is, pray for them instead of hating them… Pray that God changes their hearts,” Porter tweeted.
In response to the Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi, Porter doubled down on his belief that prayer is the most powerful weapon against evil.
“My heart is broken over this. If prayer is the most powerful weapon in my arsenal, I’m gonna use it. If only God can transform evil, then I’m gonna ask him to.”
Immediately after Porter posted his initial tweet, many critics attacked him for his comments. Several labeled his remarks tone-deaf. They had prayed enough for racial inequality. They were tired of praying.
“[We] have been praying since indentured servants became slaves bro. The oppressors not guna have a change of heart after 400 years of doing the same thing. ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results,'” one commenter wrote.
“I don’t know who you are but I’m not praying for those police officers. At least they get to go home to their families every… day. While George Floyd’s family has to prepare for his funeral. Hatred in those officers’ hearts is why he’s dead. So spare me, please,” replied another user.
Other commenters questioned the 21-year-old biracial athlete’s allegiance. He maintained that his only allegiance is to God.
“I have one allegiance, and that’s to the God who loves you and me and George Floyd more than we can possibly imagine. We were meant to live as brothers and sisters, all of us God’s children. So I don’t need to fit into your boxes,” he replied.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died Monday after a Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the pavement with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Despite Floyd repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe, the officer continued to press against his neck. Floyd would eventually lose consciousness. He was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.
As a result, the Minneapolis Police Department fired all officers involved. Further investigations are ongoing.