Golf superstar Tiger Woods called George Floyd ’ s death a “ shocking tragedy” but said violent protests were not the answer as unrest flared across the United States on Monday .
Woods said he had the “ utmost respect ” for police and likened the situation to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 , after four police were acquitted over the beating of motorist Rodney King .
America is witnessing its most widespread protests since the 1960 s after Floyd , an unarmed black man , died while being arrested in Minneapolis .
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“My heart goes out to George Floyd , his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now , ” Woods said in a statement on Twitter .
“ I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement.
They train so diligently to understand how , when and where to use force.
“ This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line. ”
Woods ’ statement follows strong comments from a number of athletes including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who said he was “ plain angry” , and tennis player Coco Gauff , who asked : “ Am I next?”
“ I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward , ” wrote Woods , the 15- time major -winner .
“ We can make our points without burning the very neighbourhoods that we live in.
“ I hope that through constructive , honest conversations we can build a safer , unified society . ”
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