The sporting world has stood up and made their voice heard, following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year old father of two girls who was brutally murdered by a police officer last week.
Numerous NBA players, coaches, and executives used social media and other outlets to express their full support of protests rallying against police brutality, with dozens joining demonstrations themselves.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson has been one of the most visible faces on the front lines and spoke directly and passionately about his “Twin.” Jackson, who has never been one to hide his true feeling on and off the court, demands justice for his slain friend. Michael Jordan also spoke out, who has often been criticized for not speaking out on critical social issues, released a statement on Sunday stating:
“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”Michael Jordan
Commissioner Adam Silver also sent out an internal memo to NBA office employees, saying that “Racism, police brutality and racial injustice remain part of everyday life in America and cannot be ignored.” LeBron James also tweeted to his 46.2 million followers, asking, “Why doesn’t America love us, too?” And Raptors’ president Masai Ujiri and Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote moving op-ed articles that were published in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and the Los Angeles Times. Kareem defended the protests and stated that he believes “the racism virus infecting the country is more deadly than Covid-19.”
Some incredibly powerful and united words are streaming out of the NBA community, and all are referencing an equal point. That change is needed.
Catch you Thursday.