Many athletes have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the Tulsa police shooting of Terence Crutcher, including Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and former Tulsa football player, now a Tulsa police officer, Popsey Floyd.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Westbrook wrote the following statement:
"#enoughisenough from @realjohngray - A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shootout with cops and gets grazed with a bullet and safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets tazed then shot, and then they stand there. Don't offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun, no criminal activity and I've heard people say, 'he should have complied,' as if that has anything to do with killing an unarmed man. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well-dressed non-black female do you think the helicopter pilot would have said, ‘she looks like a bad person?’ in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher ‘looks like a bad person?’ Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad, from 500 feet in the air. I'm tired, man, and I'm scared [because] I'm big and my skin is brown. Lord don't let my car break down, don't let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time, don't let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help this nation.”
Floyd took to Facebook to share his perspective, with the following quote:
"I work for you. I will protect you. I do not take the authority that comes with my badge for granted. I know you may be upset about the recent events all over the country and now, here in Tulsa. I don't have the answers that you are looking for, but I will continue to be the solution. One thing that I want you to know is this, the Tulsa police department is hiring. If you believe that change is required, please join the department and be the change that you are seeking.”