“SportsCenter” host Michael Eaves arrived at ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Connecticut, on Saturday evening with a heavy heart. In the days before, he had learned of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by Minneapolis police. Protests around the country were beginning to spring up, and now he was tasked with putting on a sports show.

One of his assignments was to introduce a segment that examined athletes’ responses to Floyd’s death. Eaves wanted to make it deeply personal. His producers gave him the green light.

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