Michael Porter Jr., a player for the Denver Nuggets, has inserted himself in the latest national tragedy in ways that don’t seem to be appreciated by the masses. Porter asked that people give prayers and sympathies to the officers involved in the murder of George Floyd but Twitter says his jumper is off.
Porter, 21, has no doubt witnessed the reaction to the death of Floyd, 46, at the hands of Minneapolis police. Despite the heinous nature of the act during already tense times, Porter’s call for prayer was seen as ill-timed by many.
“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 tweeted.
The former first-round pick of the 2018 NBA Draft had some folks who agreed with his well-intentioned ask but he is receiving far more criticism than not. However, Porter did rightly call Floyd’s death the murder it clearly was.
Twitter has let Michael Porter Jr. know that they’re not in a prayerful way at the moment with some epic slander to boot. We’ve collected some of those responses below.
That’s really the first thing you have to say—after watching a 9-minute video of a demon who has multiple excessive force complaints and 3 prior police-involved shootings on his record—with his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck as life oozed out of his body?— Neale (@AbeFroman) May 27, 2020
Miss me with ALL of this.
N*ggas have been praying since indentured servants became slaves bro. The oppressors not guna have a change of heart after 400 years of doin the same thing. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results” - Albert Einstein— CaliBaset Beat (@cvlibvset) May 27, 2020
Praying for the sinners and asking for God's mercy is something that people of faith should always strive for. I don't object to his point in praying for people like these officers, but his tweet comes off as tone-deaf and dismissive of the reality of the issue.— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) May 27, 2020
I'll pray for life sentences instead.— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) May 27, 2020
Michael Porter jr praying for the lamps, rugs and various home decor that gave their life last night at target— Trill Withers (@TylerIAm) May 28, 2020
Michael Porter Jr should’ve kept that shit to himself— El Presidente of Griselda Records (@el_budget) May 27, 2020
Every time i start a new season in 2k im giving Michael Porter Jr. a torn ACL. Niggas ain’t gracing my virtual floor with that nonsense— dree🦦 (@deucepop) May 27, 2020
Michael Porter Jr: I think we should also pray for the cops who killed a black man on video— Tylen ♠️ (@tylenlampkin) May 27, 2020
Literally all of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/rYQeMtBm3D
Michael Porter Jr: “Hey guys, what we should do is PRAY for racists.”— Wee-Bae Brice 🇩🇲 (@Bos_Laflare) May 27, 2020
Literally the whole world: pic.twitter.com/Twen0r8wOT
Michael Porter Jr. and the white side of his family looking at Twitter rn pic.twitter.com/ZraRjbULIh— Dat Boi Killa (@BmoreLikeDBK) May 27, 2020
Shelter in place got Jamal Murray posting his dick on IG and Michael Porter Jr tweeting prayers for murderous cops, meanwhile my boy Nikola Jokic somewhere completely off the grid eating baklava and wrestling his giant brothers— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) May 27, 2020
this doesn’t bother me at all, but the young man is learning a hard lesson — your preacher can tell his flock to forgive, but people, right or wrong, don’t wanna hear it from michael porter, jr.— bomani (@bomani_jones) May 27, 2020
i’m not christian, so i guess this is to be discussed among yourselves. https://t.co/wpqxPK7X1r