The NY Rangers finally released a statement on Twitter about the George Floyd murder and about racism. Suffice it to say, the statement missed the mark.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 9, 2020
The eloquence and complexity behind such a two sentence statement really shows why it took Dolan two weeks to approve its PR release.
If I understand the workings of how the Rangers release statements properly, then this went through multiple layers of approval before being released. The statement was an attempt to at least “do something” while also keeping Dolan’s wish to stay silent.
A statement itself, or at least a more detailed statement, doesn’t necessarily do much, but it at least addresses the situation publicly. The Rangers participate in Hockey is for Everyone. Their ownership should be less ignorant to what that means and how a simple statement –beyond two vapid sentences– can at least be symbolic of all the work the team does in the community.
It’s not hard. Release something with meaning, that shows empathy towards the current state of police brutality and racism, and shows the team is an active participant in facilitating much needed change.