Guy Phillips — the Scottsdale City Council member who mocked George Floyd‘s final words and got blasted by Arizona officials — is apologizing, claiming he meant no disrespect.
The councilman addressed a crowd of anti-mask protesters Wednesday by wearing a mask and saying “I can’t breathe” … before removing it to disgusting cheers.
Of course, those were the 3 words Floyd repeated as he pleaded with the Minneapolis cops who were kneeling on his neck and back as he died.
Phillips’ comments were swiftly blasted on social media, including by AZ Gov. Doug Ducey who called them “Just flat out wrong. Despicable doesn’t go far enough.” Ducey also suggested Phillips should lose his position for mocking Floyd’s death.
Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane also expressed his disappointment and said he hoped Phillips would recognize his fault and sincerely apologize.
Phillips is trying to do both, we guess. He’s now saying … “It was a stupid and insensitive comment that I shouldn’t have made, and I had no intention of disrespecting anybody.”
He also directed his apology to the Floyd family, saying George “didn’t deserve what happened to him, and I by no means was trying to make light of it by saying I can’t breathe in a mask. Please accept my sincerest apology and that goes out to anyone who became offended.”
And, just a reminder … the councilman made his “stupid” comments at a rally against wearing face masks in a state and county with one of the nation’s highest COVID-19 infection rates.