Vanessa Bryant, wife of Kobe Bryant, has called for an end to looting during the George Floyd protests as she posted a photo of her husband wearing an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt.
38-year-old Vanessa shared an old photo of Kobe in a black “I can’t breathe” T-shirt as protests escalate around the United States in reaction to the death of George Floyd.
Alongside the image, Vanessa Bryant wrote on Instagram: ‘My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again #ICANTBREATHE.
‘Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people.
‘Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE.
‘Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVES MATTER.
Floyd died in police custody this week and a video of his arrest – which has gone viral on social media showing a 44-year-old white officer, Derek Chauvin, subdued Floyd by placing his knee on his neck for a prolonged period until Floyd was rendered motionlessness.
The officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe”, has since been arrested and is facing murder and manslaughter charges.