Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: We need change

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Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the death of George Floyd, the African-American who died on May 25 in the custody of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Zimmer released his statement on Blackout Tuesday, a day established to observe, mourn and bring policy change in the wake of Floyd's death.

Since Floyd's death, people have been protesting in several American cities, calling for an end of police brutality against minorities.

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"I want to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd as well as the entire community for his senseless death," Zimmer said.

"Peaceful protests can help bring change, and we definitely need change so we can all live in harmony. Everyone needs to respect each other's ideas and work together to strengthen, not weaken, our community. I believe our football team is an example of how people from all different backgrounds and experiences can come together for a common goal."

The NFL addressed Floyd's death and responded to the protests with a statement on Saturday.

"There remains an urgent need for action," the league said. "We recognise the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners."

The NFL's statement rang hollow with Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, who took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticise the league.

"What actual steps are you taking to support the fight for justice and system reform?" he wrote.

"Your statement said nothing. Your league is built on black athletes. Vague answers do nothing."

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