Vikings to honor family of George Floyd at season opener against Packers

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 28: A general view of US Bank Stadium before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers on August 28, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of George Floyd will attend the Minnesota Vikings’ season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The stadium is about 3 miles from where the 46-year-old handcuffed Black man died in police custody as a white officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly eight minutes.

The Vikings announced their plans to raise awareness of issues of racism and injustice, two days before the game that will be played without fans due to the pandemic.

Floyd’s family members will be inside the building and recognized after the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem.

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