New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was born in Minnesota and spent his early childhood there while his dad played NFL football with the Minnesota Vikings. He says he still has strong ties to his birthplace.
"My dad played in Minnesota for 13 years. I was born in Minnesota... we still have family and friends back home."
Jordan says watching the video of Floyd dying under the weight of white cops on top of him just demonstrated that plight.
"This is something that we as a people have faced for hundreds of years in terms of, just call it what it is, I feel like we are being targeted."
He says over and over again we see a very similar set of circumstances in America.
"That goes from the top of the country on down," Jordan said. "It is something that we have not overcome as a people."
Jordan insists people of all walks of life must join forces to change things.
Jordan has two daughters and a son. He says explaining the danger his son faces from police just because of the color of his skin is hard.
"That is the next level of how troublesome this is, to know that one day my beautiful four-year-old son Tank... he's huge... to then know what he is going to go through."
He says Tank is going to be a very big man, already on the top of the height and weight charts as a preschooler.
However, Jordan says it is a confusing time. Stressing that police should be using their badge to actually serve and protect, not creating a tragic situation by killing a black man.
"The unfortunate killing of George Floyd is the culmination of a long time of people bringing all types of strong fears and emotions to the very brim."
Jordan says he supports peaceful protesting, but also notes that the riots have drawn more attention to the situation.
"There have been many a peaceful protest that have not garnered as much attention as this," Jordan noted.
He says while he does not condone vandalism, looting, arson and violence; there is also a message that is being told.