All eyes were on Minneapolis at the time, and for about 90 minutes from when the verdict was delivered to when it was announced, time stood still.
“Just the unknown,” says Dumba. “You just need to know the magnitude of this ordeal and what could result for our city.”
From the team’s hotel in Glendale, Arizona, various members of the Wild watched live coverage as Chauvin was convicted of all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. When asked if he viewed Tuesday’s verdict as a victory, Dumba replied, “I think a victory would be if George Floyd was still there.”
But Dumba said he felt a sense of relief after reading the verdict. He has been extremely vocal in speaking out against racism throughout his career, and he did so when the NHL resumed play last summer in the bubble of Edmonton, Alta. He hopes the verdict is the first step towards real progress.
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“My condolences always go out to the Floyd family and everything they have gone through over the past year,” said Dumba. “I hope the verdict will give our community a sense of hope and optimism that we are going to heal in the right way.”
While the verdict has been something to celebrate so far, as far as Dumba is concerned, the fact that Floyd was murdered in the first place shows the need for police reform. As was the fact that Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on April 11.
“Everything that has happened in our city in recent weeks is a little too familiar,” said Dumba. “It just seems like an event that happens too often.
“There is a level of trust that has been broken. Fixing this will take time and it will require all of us to come together and be able to put the differences aside. “
Savage Captain Jared Spurgeon also looked at the verdict and noted that it was important to keep the conversation going in the days, weeks and months to come. He knows he has a platform as a professional athlete and wants to use it to drive change.
“It is very unfortunate that this is what everyone has come to realize the conversations that need to be had and the change that needs to be happening,” said Spurgeon. “For us, I think now that it’s out there and everyone is talking more about it, it’s a start. But there is still a lot of work to be done.
It’s the same rhetoric the Wilds used in an official statement posted on their Twitter account Tuesday. What does this job look like?
“Just so that we can move forward and be able to talk about it freely, and make it so that everyone is talking about it and not feeling like it’s something we have to push under the rug,” Spurgeon said. “What it should never have been. As a group, as a locker room, as teammates and friends, we all have to speak out on what is wrong. “
Coach Dean Evason added, “I hope we can get to a point where racism is not part of our world. If we can do that, we would certainly have a better place.
There was palpable energy in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. Whether it was a walk through the streets of downtown, a celebration in George Floyd Square, or personal moments of reflection that went unseen, the anger and trauma of the past year seemed to fade away. turn into hope and joy, if only for a moment.
Asked about the juxtaposition between these feelings and the civil unrest in the Twin Cities last year following Floyd’s murder, Dumba replied, “I’m never going to take the grieving process away from others.”
“After that initially happened, the looting, the riots, it was always a form of protest against a company that values products more than its people in these communities, so I can understand that,” Dumba said. “Then to see the joy of yesterday and to know that they had it here, it’s huge. I know there was a lot of fear and the possibility of it going the other way around, so for all to be said and done, and the verdict to unfold the way it did, that’s great.
Now the key is to keep the momentum going.
“It would be a huge lost opportunity if we didn’t take advantage of this optimism,” Dumba said. “We know things have to change. It could be a monumental piece of this puzzle moving forward. I would say the verdict speaks to what needs to change in our city. I think the jurors took everything into account and made the right decision for justice. But it’s sad that we had to get to this point.