Golf superstar Tiger Woods called George Floyd's death a "shocking tragedy" but said violent protests were not the answer as unrest flared across the United States on Monday.
Woods said he had the "utmost respect" for police and likened the situation to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, after four police officers were acquitted over the beating of motorist Rodney King.
America is witnessing its most widespread protests since the 1960s after Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested in Minneapolis.
Woods said in a statement.
Woods' statement follows strong comments from a number of athletes including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who said he was "plain angry", and tennis player Coco Gauff, who asked: "Am I next?"
wrote Woods, the 15-time major-winner. "We can make our points without burning the very neighbourhoods that we live in.