Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. is being skewered online for encouraging members of the public to pray for the Minneapolis police officers involved in the brutal death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who died Monday while in their custody.
“As much as you pray for 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 hate them…Pray that God changes their hearts,” Porter, a Christian, wrote in a now viral tweet Wednesday.
The reactions to the tweet came fast and furious. Some Christian critics said they had prayed enough about racial injustice already and dismissed his comments as tone deaf.
As much as you pray for 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 hate them…Pray that God changes their hearts.
— Michael Porter Jr (@MPJr) May 27, 2020
“For 400 years we been talking about ‘pray for em’ nah the time praying over, and I’m Christian but this has nothing to do with religion. It’s about right and wrong,” wrote Jerovon Ashford.
“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 got damn day. While George Floyd family has to prepare for his funeral. Hatred in those officers heart is why he’s dead. So spare me, please,” replied one grandmother under the username Nana_50.
Porter responded, “You’re right, hatred is why George is dead, and so many others before him. That hatred is why our hearts are breaking. That hatred is why I pray to a God of love.”
Many critics accused the 21-year-old biracial player, who has a black father and a white mother, of being inexperienced and lacking discernment.
Porter maintained in his response to commenters that his 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 said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair