‘Now is the time for us to connect’: Alvarez, Badgers head coaches respond to Chauvin verdict

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MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department is responding to the guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, calling it in a tweet on Wednesday “a moment when community is needed more than ever.”

The message, signed by outgoing Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and Badger head coaches, said: “Now is the time for us to connect. Honest conversations, holding each other accountable and forums to discuss race openly are ways our community can work to combat racial injustice.”

“While the verdict brings this trial to a close,” the letter said, “our work to combat racial injustice is just beginning.

Chauvin, who was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd, faces up to 40 years in prison.