Falcons 2019 First-Round Pick Kaleb McGary Deletes Tone Deaf Tweet About George Floyd Protests

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Kaleb McGary
Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Kaleb McGary

The protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd have spilled over into mass rioting, with the 3rd Precinct building engulfed in flames late last night.

For some reason, Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Kaleb McGary decided to compare those protesting Floyd's death to those who actually murdered him, saying that the protesters are "no better" than those cops in a tweet that he has since deleted.

This is a guy who has been reported as having ripped out an entire speaker system because they were playing R&B instead of country, so he's been prone to some shocking emotional outbursts.

McGary has been one of the few NFL players to actually speak out about these protests in a negative light, and his tweet came across as so short-sighted and tone deaf. Hopefully his teammates on the Falcons are more forgiving than Twitter is right now.

Between he and Max Kepler, it's astounding how athletes struggle to read the room in moments like this.

If you're going to tweet about the protests, it's only appropriate to express sympathy for Floyd's family and plea for everyone to stay safe. Getting on your soapbox and waxing poetically about the effect of the protests helps no one in the short term.