Tyson Fury’s incredible renaissance to usurping Anthony Joshua as boxing’s highest paid star


Tyson Fury has enjoyed an incredible rise back to the top table of sporting superiority, something that was truly unimaginable just a few years ago.

Back in 2017, the Gypsy King was banned from the sport he adores for testing positive for a banned substance while struggling with mental health problems – and his career appeared in tatters.

But Fury has since risen from the canvas, and etched his name into boxing history after putting in a performance for the ages against Deontay Wilder in February earlier this year.

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was named as the 11th highest paid athlete by Forbes 

Fury has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance after beating Deontay Wilder (right) in February

Fury has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance after beating Deontay Wilder (right) in February

In Las Vegas, Fury pulled off the greatest victory for any English boxer abroad as he stopped America’s knockout king Wilder in the seventh round with an utterly dominant, devastating performance. That was on the back of their first fight, which, although was called officially as a draw, most observers had the Brit as the victor.

Fury arrived to the ring carried on a golden throne, and that’s exactly how he left it – he had once again become king of the heavyweight division alongside fellow Brit, Anthony Joshua.

The British stars, who currently own all of the heavyweight belts between them, are expected to battle it out in the near future to become an undisputed champion.

But while the talk of the town about heavyweight domination is temporarily put on hold because of coronavirus, they have been battling it out in sport’s global financial charts instead.

On Friday, it was revealed that Fury was ranked 11th in Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes list of 2020 thanks to his remarkable renaissance, while Joshua was eight further back in 19th spot. 

The release of Forbes’ data has highlighted just how incredible Fury’s story has been over the last couple of years.

But just how has Fury catapulted himself to super stardom once again following a long-lasting battle with depression?

Fury sits above British heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua in Forbes' highest paid athletes list

Fury sits above British heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua in Forbes’ highest paid athletes list

Joshua was shocked by Andy Ruiz Jr (right) after suffering defeat in New York in June last year

Joshua was shocked by Andy Ruiz Jr (right) after suffering defeat in New York in June last year

After defeating Vladimir Klitchsko and rising to the very top of the boxing world in 2015, Fury went down the route of heavy drinking and drug use and subsequently put on a huge amount of weight. 

The 31-year-old went up to a staggering 28 stone during his 32-month absence away from the ring.   

But while Fury continued to battle with depression and was out the equation, Joshua was continuing to make waves in the heavyweight division and he quickly emerged as the one to stop. However, Fury has since inspired many to acknowledge that anything is possible and is once again ensuring that his boxing is stealing the headlines. 

The Gypsy King – who has never lost in 31 professional fights – emerged as boxing’s top-paid star over the last 12 months, earning an incredible £46million while Joshua amassed £38m.

This is incredible when you take into account that Fury didn’t even make the top 100 last year while Joshua ranked 14th with £44m to his name. Quite some turnaround.

In fact, Fury hasn’t ever been in the top 100. Joshua, meanwhile, was 25th in 2018 (£31m) and 89th in 2017 (£18m) while both were outside the top 100 in 2016. So it has been a steady rise up the ranks for Joshua but one hell of an ascent for Fury.

Out of the WBC heavyweight champion’s £46m over the last 12 months – £6m of that came from endorsements. 

Fury has risen to the top of heavyweight division once again after his mental health struggles

Fury has risen to the top of heavyweight division once again after his mental health struggles

Fury, pictured in 2017 with Ricky Hatton, has completed an incredible journey back to the top

Fury, pictured in 2017 with Ricky Hatton, has completed an incredible journey back to the top 

Whereas for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight holder Joshua, £9m came from sponsorships.

Meanwhile, Wilder sat 20th in Forbes’ list, earning £37.6m overall while UFC star Conor McGregor was 16th with £38.8m, ensuring Fury topped the charts as the highest paid combat star.

And his rematch against America’s No 1 heavyweight Wilder in the United States has gone a long way to ensuring this is the case. Fury earned an eye-watering £21m from that fight alone, pushing his 12-month earnings in the ring to £40m. 

Prior to that crunch rematch, with the eyes of the boxing world watching, he also fought twice in America against Germany’s Tom Schwarz (June 15, 2019) and Sweden’s Otto Wallin (September 14, 2019). 

Fury reigned supreme in both fights as he kept up his journey on the comeback trail, and as always with fights in the US, it attracts the big bucks. During that time, Joshua fought just twice, both against Andy Ruiz Jr, with the first encounter knocking him back hugely.

He was shocked by the Mexican heavyweight originally at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden in June last year on his US debut but avenged the loss just six months later in Saudi Arabia – where he pocketed £28m. 

So on the fighting front, Fury enjoyed a more lucrative return but when it comes to endorsements, it is Joshua who is the marketing juggernaut. 

British boxer Fury (right) made his WWE debut against Braun Strowman in October last year

British boxer Fury (right) made his WWE debut against Braun Strowman in October last year

Fury enjoyed a successful debut inside the wrestling ring, beating Strowman by countout

Fury enjoyed a successful debut inside the wrestling ring, beating Strowman by countout

The 30-year-old, who has 11.3 million followers compared to Fury’s 3.7m on Instagram, has big-money sponsorship deals with the likes of Under Armour, Jaguar Land Rover, Beats, Sky Sports and Hugo Boss. 

However, Fury has more than made up for this with some big-money deals of his own – but less on the sponsorship front. The Gypsy King signed a staggering £80m deal with Top Rank in February last year, which has rocketed his earnings.

He has two fights left on his current £80m deal – expected to be against Wilder and then Joshua in the heavyweight showdown everyone wants to see – but he is now eyeing the biggest fight contract in the history of the sport. 

‘I’m coming to the end of my contract with Top Rank,’ Fury said recently during an Instagram Live interview. ‘I have two more fights left with those guys. I want to renew it. I don’t want to just walk away after two more fights.

‘I’m 31 years old. Like [boxing manager and advisor] Billy Keane said, the man who helped with this deal with ESPN and Top Rank, “you better get out the dumpster truck and reverse it back into Tyson Fury’s bank account, because that’s what he’s going to need”.

‘I want to get that big, major fight deal. I want to break all of the records, for a British fighter to go overseas and get the biggest signing record in history. I know that with MTK Global, Top Rank and Frank Warren, and all of the guys who help in between, I know we can make that happen.

Fury (pictured making his entrance ahead of his WWE debut) put on a show in Saudi Arabia

Fury (pictured making his entrance ahead of his WWE debut) put on a show in Saudi Arabia 

‘I know that we can break history with the biggest fight contract in the history of boxing — bigger than Floyd Mayweather, bigger than Canelo Alvarez, bigger than Mike Tyson, bigger than everybody. I think it’s very possible, and I always aim high with my achievements. That’s my next aim.

‘After I wipe out the two dossers in Wilder and Joshua, then the world is my oyster. I want to see that big contract come from ESPN, or whoever is out there, battling to get The Gypsy King on their station.’

But while he has been raking it in via his Top Rank contract, the Manchester-born boxer has ventures in life outside of the ring that has brought plenty of cash in of late.

The Brit recently landed a multi-million pound payday – rumoured to be £12m – for an appearance at WWE’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia in October last year.

Fury certainly lived up to his reputation as a showman during his special appearance, beating Braun Strowman by countout after landing one of his famous right hands.

And while many may think it was set to be a one-off, that wasn’t the case. In April, Fury accepted a challenge from WWE star Drew McIntyre after the latter beat Brock Lesnar to become the first British WWE champion at Wrestlemania 36.

Fury has been a man in demand recently and his exploiting every opportunity to become one of sport’s global icons. 

The 31-year-old's autobiography, 'Behind The Mask,' sold more than 200,000 copies

The 31-year-old’s autobiography, ‘Behind The Mask,’ sold more than 200,000 copies

Out of the ring, his renaissance continues to captivate everyone – not just boxing  fans.

From the depths of depression to getting back on his feet again and defying the odds, Fury’s rollercoaster journey has provided huge inspiration to many around the world.

In November 2019, Fury published his autobiography – ‘Behind The Mask’ – which sold more than an astonishing 200,000 copies.

The autobiography takes a candid look at his road to redemption, speaking openly about his struggles with mental health – offering a unique insight into the man outside the ring.

And with huge plans going forward, which have been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fury’s stock is only going to rise. 

With a trilogy fight against Wilder to come, which is most likely to take place in the US or the Middle East – while AJ gets ready to face Kubrat Pulev before an all-Brit showdown – and the potential for further WWE appearances, it may not be long until Fury breaks his way into the top 10 of Forbes’ highest paid athletes list.

Floyd Mayweather ‘offers to pay for funeral of George Floyd as he believes it’s right thing to do’


Floyd Mayweather ‘offers to pay for funeral of George Floyd as he believes it is the right thing to do’ – with four memorial services to be held in cities across the United States

  • The death of George Floyd last week has sparked mass protests worldwide
  • Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for his memorial services
  • Floyd’s family have reportedly accepted Mayweather’s generous offer 
  • Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes 

Floyd Mayweather, widely considered the greatest boxer of all time, has reportedly offered to pay for the funeral of George Floyd. 

The death of Floyd last week in Minneapolis has sparked mass scenes of protest across the United States, worldwide and among famous faces in the sporting world. 

Now, TMZ is reporting that Mayweather Jr will fund the cost of four memorial services to be held in Floyd’s memory across the United States. 

Floyd Mayweather has reportedly offered to pay for George Floyd’s memorial services

Floyd's (pictured) death in Minneapolis last week has sparked mass protests worldwide

Floyd’s (pictured) death in Minneapolis last week has sparked mass protests worldwide

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

The 43-year-old will reportedly fund services in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another location, which is yet to be determined. 

A new update is that Floyd’s family have accepted Mayweather’s proposal, with people close to the undefeated boxer telling TMZ: ‘He is just doing what he feels is right in his heart.’  

Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

The shocking incident has sparked days of civil unrest in America and led to protests across the world by demonstrators angry about the brutal and disparate treatment of black people by the police, racism in society and demanding change.

It also comes following the deaths of two other black US citizens, Ahmaud Arbery in February and Breonna Taylor in March, which also caused outrage.

Liverpool’s players, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton joined the sporting world’s stand against racism by producing powerful displays of solidarity in the past few days. 

The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

Jadon Sancho unveiled a 'Justice for George Floyd' message on his t-shirt at the weekend

Jadon Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message on his t-shirt at the weekend

The whole of Jurgen Klopp’s squad knelt around the centre circle on Monday at Anfield, with a number of players posting the photo on social media with the caption ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.’

Manchester United stars Rashford and Pogba also issued ‘Black Lives Matter’ statements 24 hours after an image of Jadon Sancho marking the first of his three goals for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday by revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirt went viral. 

Basketball icon Michael Jordan also spoke out along with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who criticised his fellow drivers for initially failing to condemn Floyd’s killing.  

Basketball icon Jordan spoke out after Floyd, a black man, was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide riots

Basketball icon Jordan spoke out after Floyd, a black man, was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide riots

Lewis Hamilton hit out at the F1 community for staying silent on the topic of Floyd's death

Lewis Hamilton hit out at the F1 community for staying silent on the topic of Floyd’s death

Liverpool players show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee at Anfield


‘Unity is strength’: Liverpool ‘s first training session back at Anfield is halted as EVERY player stops to take a knee and show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s death

  • Liverpool players all took a knee around the centre circle of the pitch at Anfield 
  • They showed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during training  
  • Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted the powerful image and wrote: ‘Unity is strength’ 
  • Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford are among other stars to show support 

The Liverpool squad made a powerful gesture in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during their training session at Anfield on Monday. 

Each of the players took a knee around the centre circle, facing the camera higher up in the stand. 

A point was made of the stars wearing different versions of the club kits with some decked out in red, others in the away black shirt and a handful wearing training gear.   

The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

The squad took a knee midway through their first training session back at Anfield

The squad took a knee midway through their first training session back at Anfield

Some players wore the home shirt, others the away and a handful wore training gear

Some players wore the home shirt, others the away and a handful wore training gear

Georginio Wijnaldum shared the affecting image on social media, writing: ‘Unity is strength’. 

It was the first training session Jurgen Klopp’s side have had at Anfield as a team since the season was suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and they chose to stop the session to make a powerful statement.  

They are the first Premier League side to offer up a collective act of support for the Black Lives Matter movement but a number of high profile individuals have had their say since the death of George Floyd due to police brutality this week. 

Young Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, who is on loan at Swansea, will be heartened by his side’s show of togetherness having earlier said the movement goes beyond Floyd as he called for a level playing field. 

George Floyd's death last Monday has sparked widespread calls for justice across the US

George Floyd’s death last Monday has sparked widespread calls for justice across the US

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, on loan at Swansea City, had earlier called for a level playing field with a series of posts on social media

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, on loan at Swansea City, had earlier called for a level playing field with a series of posts on social media 

 

Brewster tweeted: ‘This is way deeper than just pointing out who’s staying quiet and who’s speaking up. 

‘Unfortunately for us black/brown people etc, this is a real life & everyday occurrence in so many different ways. For years & generations we’ve been screaming out for change and to be heard yet the pain continues… ⠀ 

‘We’ve all been shown films like Roots, we’ve all seen films like Boyz in the Hood where this reality is covered and showcased. Yet we are still living these movies in real life. In 2020, today. 

‘This goes beyond just #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, we need justice for us as Human beings. 

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford also spoke out on the Black Lives Matter movement

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford also spoke out on the Black Lives Matter movement

The England international said: 'I've been trying to process what is going on in the world'

The England international said: ‘I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world’

‘We don’t want special privilege. A level playing field is all we have been crying for, forever. Hear us. #BlackLivesMatter’ 

George Floyd’s death has sparked widespread protests across the United States he is seen by many as a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Activists have been calling for justice over the death of Mr Floyd, who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, and eventually died on the scene in Minneapolis last Monday. 

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was another high profile player to share his thoughts, writing on Twitter: ‘I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.

‘At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to be more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers.

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho unveiled a 'Justice for George Floyd' shirt on Sunday

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt on Sunday

‘Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor.’ 

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho revealed a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal against Paderborn on Sunday.

The likes of Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram also showed their support for Floyd following his death, with the former wearing a ‘Justice for George’ armband while playing for Schalke while the latter took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach. 

F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in George Floyd racism row


‘I know who you are and I see you’: F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ during George Floyd racism row and insists he ‘stands alone’ in a ‘white dominated sport’ as violent protests erupt around the world

  • Lewis Hamilton has suffered from racist abuse during his sporting career
  • The Formula One driver criticised other F1 drivers for staying silent over racism
  • Protests are taking place this weekend over the George Floyd racism row
  • Mr Floyd was the subject of an attack by a white police officer in Minnesota 

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests this weekend. 

‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations are taking place around the world after Mr Floyd died having had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.

Hamilton, 35, who has been the subject of racist abuse during his F1 career, says he feels isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as ‘white dominated’.

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the F1 community for staying silent amid the George Floyd row

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

The six-time F1 champion posted on Instagram: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. 

‘Just know I know who you who you are (sic) and I see you.’

Protests in America have seen violent clashes with police, with dozens of American cities being set ablaze, with Mr Floyd’s death becoming a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Mr Floyd's death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd’s death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd's death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Mr Floyd’s death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Meanwhile, the UK and Europe has largely seen more peaceful protests so far. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin, 44 – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hamilton admits that he does not support the violent protests but urged the need to resolve racial inequality on a global level. 

He added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully. 

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over. 

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same!

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’

The 35-year-old, who is widely-regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen, has suffered from abuse due to the colour of his skin in the past.

His team manager at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, revealed the racist abuse he suffered as a small child still hurts today.

Wolff said last year: ‘When Lewis was younger, he was the only black kid among the white kids, and I know he was racially abused on the track.

The six-time F1 champion has suffered from racist abuse earlier in his sporting career

The six-time F1 champion has suffered from racist abuse earlier in his sporting career 

‘If, as a child, you have had to overcome abuse and discrimination, on one side it makes you a stronger personality but on the other side it also leaves scars.

‘Today, Lewis has a good and mature perspective, but the scars are certainly there.’

Hamilton has recently called sport governing bodies out for not administering harsh enough punishments on offenders of racist abuse.  

F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in George Floyd racism row


‘I know who you are and I see you’: F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ during George Floyd racism row and insists he ‘stands alone’ in a ‘white dominated sport’ as violent protests erupt around the world

  • Lewis Hamilton has suffered from racist abuse during his sporting career
  • The Formula One driver criticised other F1 drivers for staying silent over racism
  • Protests are taking place this weekend over the George Floyd racism row
  • Mr Floyd was the subject of an attack by a white police officer in Minnesota 

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests this weekend. 

‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations are taking place around the world after Mr Floyd died having had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.

Hamilton, 35, who has been the subject of racist abuse during his F1 career, says he feels isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as ‘white dominated’.

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the F1 community for staying silent amid the George Floyd row

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

The six-time F1 champion posted on Instagram: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. 

‘Just know I know who you who you are (sic) and I see you.’

Protests in America have seen violent clashes with police, with dozens of American cities being set ablaze, with Mr Floyd’s death becoming a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Mr Floyd's death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd’s death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd's death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Mr Floyd’s death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Meanwhile, the UK and Europe has largely seen more peaceful protests so far. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin, 44, – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hamilton admits that he does not support the violent protests but urged the need to resolve racial inequality on a global level. 

He added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully. 

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over. 

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same!

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’

The 35-year-old, who is widely-regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen, has suffered from abuse due to the colour of his skin in the past.

His team manager at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, revealed the racist abuse he suffered as a small child still hurts today.

Wolff said last year: ‘When Lewis was younger, he was the only black kid among the white kids, and I know he was racially abused on the track.

The six-time F1 champion (pictured) has suffered from racist abuse in his sporting career

The six-time F1 champion (pictured) has suffered from racist abuse in his sporting career 

‘If, as a child, you have had to overcome abuse and discrimination, on one side it makes you a stronger personality but on the other side it also leaves scars.

‘Today, Lewis has a good and mature perspective, but the scars are certainly there.’

Hamilton has recently called sport governing bodies out for not administering harsh enough punishments on offenders of racist abuse.  

SPORTS AGENDA: Manchester United reward staff and key workers with beer and cider


Manchester United’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has rightly won praise — and now their staff will be raising a glass.

The club, who encouraged their workers to help in their communities, have asked the 170 who did so to hand a crate of beer or cider to a key worker they know — and keep one for themselves.

The booze has come from the 7,000 bottles of lager and cider left in the Old Trafford stocks since football was suspended in mid-March.

Manchester United have asked staff who did work in the community to give a crate of beer or cider to key worker they know and keep one for themselves as a reward for their hard work

United have made welfare calls to 3,000 elderly and disabled season-ticket holders, provided 60,000 meals to local NHS staff and delivered 30,000 items to food banks.

In return for the drink, staff were encouraged to drop off used children’s books to be included in activity packs sent out by United’s Foundation.

United have made welfare calls to 3,000 elderly and disabled season-ticket holders, provided 60,000 meals to local NHS staff and delivered 30,000 items to food banks.

In return for the drink, staff were encouraged to drop off used children’s books to be included in activity packs sent out by United’s Foundation.

Golf clubs caught out by changes to lockdown rules

Some have claimed the Prime Minister’s announcement on Thursday night of a further relaxation of lockdown rules may have been a distraction tactic following the furore over aide Dominic Cummings’ controversial trip to Durham.

It certainly would appear to have caught the nation’s golf clubs on the hop. A number of courses have disclosed to Sports Agenda that governing body England Golf contacted the Government for written clarification that, from Monday, groups of four — rather than a maximum of two — would be permitted to tee off.

Sources say the PM’s announcement was ‘completely unexpected’ and that golf bodies were not expecting any changes until this week at the earliest.

Some golf clubs were caught out by the Prime Minister's further relaxation of lockdown rules

Some golf clubs were caught out by the Prime Minister’s further relaxation of lockdown rules

They add that a similar scenario unfolded when golf first returned.

The move sparked a scramble among clubs up and down the country — already struggling to cope with increased demand — to ensure their courses and booking systems are ready in time. 

Tennis players in Wales bemused by government’s stance 

The Welsh government’s refusal to allow recreational tennis to resume for another three weeks is causing bemusement and anger among players.

Wales is now the only territory in western Europe where, even with stringent social distancing measures, the sport is considered too dangerous to play outdoors.

For the region’s 200 coaches especially, whose livelihoods depend on a resumption, it is a serious matter.

Tennis Wales beefed up their initially flimsy statements of protest over the weekend, and a petition was launched. Chief executive Simon Johnson wrote to the First Minister, and there are hopes the authorities will reconsider.

Ironically, the man who effectively invented modern lawn tennis, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, was a Welshman, from Denbighshire.

Sky’s claims over free to air games doesn’t ring true 

In an ‘aren’t we brilliant?’ press release last week, generous Sky — currently locked in talks with Premier League clubs over a rebate — announced they would be showing 25 matches ‘free to air’ when football returns.

The message came complete with a tub-thumping quote from chief executive Stephen van Rooyen who declared the move was ‘for the first time in the history of Sky Sports’.

Really? Insiders were quick to point out that in 2013, amid its escalating battle with BT Sport, Sky decided to show its first game of the season — Manchester United’s trip to Swansea — free of charge.

Sky Sports' claims over free to air games are untrue as they have shown games free before

Sky Sports’ claims over free to air games are untrue as they have shown games free before

Premier League eager to ensure that VAR will be in use 

The Premier League and referees’ bosses are continuing to examine ways to ensure that when football returns, VAR comes back with it.

Concerns have been raised over social distancing at Stockley Park and relocating teams to stadium car parks has been discussed, along with putting them in separate rooms.

Premier League insiders say they are confident a solution will be found — which is a shame — but add that if it does not come in time, VAR would not be introduced at a later date this season.

The Premier League’s stance on media access also remains under discussion. Club media staff are unlikely to be permitted en masse, with one press officer expected to oversee press conferences, while numbers of journalists will also be cut, with as few as 10 from the written press allowed at each game.

The Premier League are aiming to ensure VAR can be used when the top flight action returns

The Premier League are aiming to ensure VAR can be used when the top flight action returns

BBC’s chief sports writer moves on 

The BBC’s chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, has left the building.

In a move confirmed to Sports Agenda by the broadcaster and subsequently announced to staff, Fordyce is off to pastures new.

Speculation that the departure of the writer — perhaps best known for his work on the popular That Peter Crouch Podcast — is linked to that of Radio 5 Live Sport editor Mike Carr has been rife. In a terse email, head of radio and digital Ben Gallop said Carr was leaving to ‘pursue an opportunity outside the BBC’ — thought to involve podcasts. Fordyce is now expected to head down a similar path.

Sky Sports no longer pay Sunday Supplement guests 

Sky Sports are no longer paying guests who appear on Sunday Supplement. The broadcaster, which has been using staff member Geoff Shreeves to present the show instead of freelancer Jacqui Oatley, would appear to be on a cost-cutting drive.

They certainly got bang for their lack of a buck out of Daily Star chief sports writer Jeremy Cross on Sunday.

Cross was forced to step in to present the show when Shreeves’ internet connection failed.

‘It was about five minutes but it felt like five hours,’ joked the Star man, who added: ‘I’m stepping in for Emily Maitlis on Newsnight this week.’

Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement, which is currently being hosted by Geoff Shreeves (pictured), appears to be on a cost-cutting drive

Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement, which is currently being hosted by Geoff Shreeves (pictured), appears to be on a cost-cutting drive

Australia’s National Rugby League enjoys surge in popularity in UK 

If the frequent references to the UK audience — and the cardboard cut-out of Dominic Cummings in the crowd — are anything to go by, Australia’s re-started National Rugby League is enjoying a surge in popularity here. 

The games — shown on Sky Sports — feature piped-in crowd noise which has proved surprisingly realistic. During Sunday’s thrilling draw between Penrith and Newcastle, commentator Andrew Voss quipped: ‘The crowd are on the edge of their seats — they can’t move.’ 

Penrith and Newcastle game in Australia's National Rugby League had piped-in crowd noise

Penrith and Newcastle game in Australia’s National Rugby League had piped-in crowd noise

SPORTS AGENDA: Manchester United reward staff and key workers with beer and cider


Manchester United’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has rightly won praise — and now their staff will be raising a glass.

The club, who encouraged their workers to help in their communities, have asked the 170 who did so to hand a crate of beer or cider to a key worker they know — and keep one for themselves.

The booze has come from the 7,000 bottles of lager and cider left in the Old Trafford stocks since football was suspended in mid-March.

Manchester United have asked staff who did work in the community to give a crate of beer or cider to key worker they know and keep one for themselves as a reward for their hard work

United have made welfare calls to 3,000 elderly and disabled season-ticket holders, provided 60,000 meals to local NHS staff and delivered 30,000 items to food banks.

In return for the drink, staff were encouraged to drop off used children’s books to be included in activity packs sent out by United’s Foundation.

United have made welfare calls to 3,000 elderly and disabled season-ticket holders, provided 60,000 meals to local NHS staff and delivered 30,000 items to food banks.

In return for the drink, staff were encouraged to drop off used children’s books to be included in activity packs sent out by United’s Foundation.

Golf clubs caught out by changes to lockdown rules

Some have claimed the Prime Minister’s announcement on Thursday night of a further relaxation of lockdown rules may have been a distraction tactic following the furore over aide Dominic Cummings’ controversial trip to Durham.

It certainly would appear to have caught the nation’s golf clubs on the hop. A number of courses have disclosed to Sports Agenda that governing body England Golf contacted the Government for written clarification that, from Monday, groups of four — rather than a maximum of two — would be permitted to tee off.

Sources say the PM’s announcement was ‘completely unexpected’ and that golf bodies were not expecting any changes until this week at the earliest.

Some golf clubs were caught out by the Prime Minister's further relaxation of lockdown rules

Some golf clubs were caught out by the Prime Minister’s further relaxation of lockdown rules

They add that a similar scenario unfolded when golf first returned.

The move sparked a scramble among clubs up and down the country — already struggling to cope with increased demand — to ensure their courses and booking systems are ready in time. 

Tennis players in Wales bemused by government’s stance 

The Welsh government’s refusal to allow recreational tennis to resume for another three weeks is causing bemusement and anger among players.

Wales is now the only territory in western Europe where, even with stringent social distancing measures, the sport is considered too dangerous to play outdoors.

For the region’s 200 coaches especially, whose livelihoods depend on a resumption, it is a serious matter.

Tennis Wales beefed up their initially flimsy statements of protest over the weekend, and a petition was launched. Chief executive Simon Johnson wrote to the First Minister, and there are hopes the authorities will reconsider.

Ironically, the man who effectively invented modern lawn tennis, Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, was a Welshman, from Denbighshire.

Sky’s claims over free to air games doesn’t ring true 

In an ‘aren’t we brilliant?’ press release last week, generous Sky — currently locked in talks with Premier League clubs over a rebate — announced they would be showing 25 matches ‘free to air’ when football returns.

The message came complete with a tub-thumping quote from chief executive Stephen van Rooyen who declared the move was ‘for the first time in the history of Sky Sports’.

Really? Insiders were quick to point out that in 2013, amid its escalating battle with BT Sport, Sky decided to show its first game of the season — Manchester United’s trip to Swansea — free of charge.

Sky Sports' claims over free to air games are untrue as they have shown games free before

Sky Sports’ claims over free to air games are untrue as they have shown games free before

Premier League eager to ensure that VAR will be in use 

The Premier League and referees’ bosses are continuing to examine ways to ensure that when football returns, VAR comes back with it.

Concerns have been raised over social distancing at Stockley Park and relocating teams to stadium car parks has been discussed, along with putting them in separate rooms.

Premier League insiders say they are confident a solution will be found — which is a shame — but add that if it does not come in time, VAR would not be introduced at a later date this season.

The Premier League’s stance on media access also remains under discussion. Club media staff are unlikely to be permitted en masse, with one press officer expected to oversee press conferences, while numbers of journalists will also be cut, with as few as 10 from the written press allowed at each game.

The Premier League are aiming to ensure VAR can be used when the top flight action returns

The Premier League are aiming to ensure VAR can be used when the top flight action returns

BBC’s chief sports writer moves on 

The BBC’s chief sports writer, Tom Fordyce, has left the building.

In a move confirmed to Sports Agenda by the broadcaster and subsequently announced to staff, Fordyce is off to pastures new.

Speculation that the departure of the writer — perhaps best known for his work on the popular That Peter Crouch Podcast — is linked to that of Radio 5 Live Sport editor Mike Carr has been rife. In a terse email, head of radio and digital Ben Gallop said Carr was leaving to ‘pursue an opportunity outside the BBC’ — thought to involve podcasts. Fordyce is now expected to head down a similar path.

Sky Sports no longer pay Sunday Supplement guests 

Sky Sports are no longer paying guests who appear on Sunday Supplement. The broadcaster, which has been using staff member Geoff Shreeves to present the show instead of freelancer Jacqui Oatley, would appear to be on a cost-cutting drive.

They certainly got bang for their lack of a buck out of Daily Star chief sports writer Jeremy Cross on Sunday.

Cross was forced to step in to present the show when Shreeves’ internet connection failed.

‘It was about five minutes but it felt like five hours,’ joked the Star man, who added: ‘I’m stepping in for Emily Maitlis on Newsnight this week.’

Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement, which is currently being hosted by Geoff Shreeves (pictured), appears to be on a cost-cutting drive

Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement, which is currently being hosted by Geoff Shreeves (pictured), appears to be on a cost-cutting drive

Australia’s National Rugby League enjoys surge in popularity in UK 

If the frequent references to the UK audience — and the cardboard cut-out of Dominic Cummings in the crowd — are anything to go by, Australia’s re-started National Rugby League is enjoying a surge in popularity here. 

The games — shown on Sky Sports — feature piped-in crowd noise which has proved surprisingly realistic. During Sunday’s thrilling draw between Penrith and Newcastle, commentator Andrew Voss quipped: ‘The crowd are on the edge of their seats — they can’t move.’ 

Penrith and Newcastle game in Australia's National Rugby League had piped-in crowd noise

Penrith and Newcastle game in Australia’s National Rugby League had piped-in crowd noise

‘What if he comes back and DIES in the ring?’: Dillian Whyte slams Mike Tyson’s comeback plans


‘What if he comes back and DIES in the ring?’: Dillian Whyte SLAMS Mike Tyson’s comeback plans and says he’s worried 53-year-old legend could get ‘seriously hurt’ if he returns to the ring

  • Mike Tyson could return to boxing this year, with a Tyson Fury fight on the cards
  • The 53-year-old boxing legend has not fought professionally since June 2005
  • Dillian Whyte fears the very worst for Tyson if he makes a boxing comeback
  • Whyte says Tyson must do more than post Instagram videos to prove he is ready 

Dilian Whyte worries that Mike Tyson could die in the ring if he makes a return to boxing this year.

Tyson, 53, revealed his intention to return to the sport and the possibility of a fight against Tyson Fury has been mentioned recently. 

But Whyte fears the worst for the undisputed heavyweight world champion and is against Tyson returning to the ring.  

Mike Tyson (pictured) could die in the ring if he makes a return to boxing says Dillian Whyte

Whyte (pictured) is against the 53-year-old boxing legend returning to the sport this year

Whyte (pictured) is against the 53-year-old boxing legend returning to the sport this year 

He told talkSPORT: ‘It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?

‘It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio are I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it.

‘What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then?

‘We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need any more.’

Tyson hasn’t appeared in the ring in a professional fight since losing to Kevin McBride in June 2005.

Tyson (pictured right) has not fought since losing to Kevin McBridge (right) in June 2005

Tyson (pictured right) has not fought since losing to Kevin McBridge (right) in June 2005

After that fight, the boxing legend revealed he would be hanging up his gloves after losing passion for the sport.

With Tyson heading towards a return, Whyte thinks Tyson should not risk is legendary status in the game and not risk tarnishing his reputation.

He added: ‘We’ve seen it happen time and time again with older guys coming back and fighting for a long time. It’s just like, what’s the point?

‘You’re a legend, you’re a living legend. Be that and leave it alone. 

‘But we don’t know people’s financial situation, what they’re doing or what they’ve been through.

A fight against Tyson Fury (pictured) is being discussed as part of Mike Tyson's return

A fight against Tyson Fury (pictured) is being discussed as part of Mike Tyson’s return

‘He might just feel like he wants to test himself, but there are easier ways to test yourself than coming back and fighting with these young, hungry guys.

‘He might get seriously hurt and that’s the biggest worry for me.’  

According to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, the 53-year-old’s return would be ‘handled with care’ should he decide to come back. 

Meanwhile, Tyson has been teasing boxing fans across the world with Instagram videos of his intense workouts. 

The boxing legend has been posting Instagram videos of him undergoing intense workouts

Whyte believes the American boxing legend has to do more to prove he can handle the intensity of the ring.  

He said: ‘It’s all good watching someone do a one-minute clip on Instagram.

‘Getting back in the ring and fighting 12 three-minute rounds… don’t get me wrong he’s probably still got the power to chin a lot of guys, but at that age your mind tells you stuff when your eyes see stuff but your body won’t allow you to do it.

‘You can think you’ve got it and you’re still this and that and you’re going against these young guys.

‘What if he comes back and DIES in the ring?’: Dillian Whyte slams Mike Tyson’s comeback plans


‘What if he comes back and DIES in the ring?’: Dillian Whyte SLAMS Mike Tyson’s comeback plans and says he’s worried 53-year-old legend could get ‘seriously hurt’ if he returns to the ring

  • Mike Tyson could return to boxing this year, with a Tyson Fury fight on the cards
  • The 53-year-old boxing legend has not fought professionally since June 2005
  • Dillian Whyte fears the very worst for Tyson if he makes a boxing comeback
  • Whyte says Tyson must do more than post Instagram videos to prove he is ready 

Dilian Whyte worries that Mike Tyson could die in the ring if he makes a return to boxing this year.

Tyson, 53, revealed his intention to return to the sport and the possibility of a fight against Tyson Fury has been mentioned recently. 

But Whyte fears the worst for the undisputed heavyweight world champion and is against Tyson returning to the ring.  

Mike Tyson (pictured) could die in the ring if he makes a return to boxing says Dillian Whyte

Whyte (pictured) is against the 53-year-old boxing legend returning to the sport this year

Whyte (pictured) is against the 53-year-old boxing legend returning to the sport this year 

He told talkSPORT: ‘It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?

‘It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio are I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it.

‘What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then?

‘We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need any more.’

Tyson hasn’t appeared in the ring in a professional fight since losing to Kevin McBride in June 2005.

Tyson (pictured right) has not fought since losing to Kevin McBridge (right) in June 2005

Tyson (pictured right) has not fought since losing to Kevin McBridge (right) in June 2005

After that fight, the boxing legend revealed he would be hanging up his gloves after losing passion for the sport.

With Tyson heading towards a return, Whyte thinks Tyson should not risk is legendary status in the game and not risk tarnishing his reputation.

He added: ‘We’ve seen it happen time and time again with older guys coming back and fighting for a long time. It’s just like, what’s the point?

‘You’re a legend, you’re a living legend. Be that and leave it alone. 

‘But we don’t know people’s financial situation, what they’re doing or what they’ve been through.

A fight against Tyson Fury (pictured) is being discussed as part of Mike Tyson's return

A fight against Tyson Fury (pictured) is being discussed as part of Mike Tyson’s return

‘He might just feel like he wants to test himself, but there are easier ways to test yourself than coming back and fighting with these young, hungry guys.

‘He might get seriously hurt and that’s the biggest worry for me.’  

According to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, the 53-year-old’s return would be ‘handled with care’ should he decide to come back. 

Meanwhile, Tyson has been teasing boxing fans across the world with Instagram videos of his intense workouts. 

The boxing legend has been posting Instagram videos of him undergoing intense workouts

Whyte believes the American boxing legend has to do more to prove he can handle the intensity of the ring.  

He said: ‘It’s all good watching someone do a one-minute clip on Instagram.

‘Getting back in the ring and fighting 12 three-minute rounds… don’t get me wrong he’s probably still got the power to chin a lot of guys, but at that age your mind tells you stuff when your eyes see stuff but your body won’t allow you to do it.

‘You can think you’ve got it and you’re still this and that and you’re going against these young guys.

Jadon Sancho is booked for taking his shirt off to display a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message


England star Jadon Sancho displays a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund – and is BOOKED as he joins the growing protests over police brutality against black men in US

  • Jadon Sancho was booked for showing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message 
  • The England player scored for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday
  • Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee earlier in the day 
  • Protestors have been marching against police brutality on African-Americans 

Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card after revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday.

The England international scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash and took his shirt off after his first goal to reveal a message supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Referee Daniel Siebert then presented Sancho with a yellow card for taking his shirt off. 

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was booked for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt

The England winger scored Dortmund’s second goal during their match against Paderborn 

The 20-year-old scored two more in the game to complete his hat-trick but chose not to reveal his message again as it could have risked a sending off. 

Team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the 6-1 win before revealing the same message regarding Mr Floyd’s death. 

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration, saying in an Instagram post: ‘The wonderfully talented @sanchooo10 scores for @bvb09 and has a message to share’.  

Sancho’s celebration comes just hours after Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee in support of the movement after scoring against Union Berlin. 

The 22-year-old striker is the son of former France international and World Cup winner Lillian Thuram, who has been an anti-racist activist and campaigner since his playing days at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona. 

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho's celebration with an Instagram post

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration with an Instagram post

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Under law 4 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, footballers should ‘not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer’s logo.’

‘The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.’

The two celebrations come as activists across the world have been calling for ‘justice’ over the death of Floyd, who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, and eventually died on the scene in Minneapolis on Monday. 

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Mr Floyd's murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Mr Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Over the weekend, protestors have marched in the streets of major cities across the world, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, calling for justice over Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality.

Police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after the death of Mr Floyd who begged for air while being arrested. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hundreds of demonstrators shouting 'I can't breathe' packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

 Hundreds of demonstrators shouting ‘I can’t breathe’ packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Meanwhile, dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over Floyd’s death, which is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Also in the world of football this weekend, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband showing his support for the ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message.