Since the murder of George Floyd, the world has truly wakened up to the injustices black men and women face daily.
Worldwide, we are seeing people taking to the streets for the Black Lives Matter protests and really making their voices heard. An encouraging moment that has really inspired many (black and white) to support each other to create the change.
NBA historically has been known for its social justices campaigns by its athletes and during the past fours weeks, they haven’t missed a heartbeat. From Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown leading protests and bailing out protesters, John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Mystics leading a march in Washington DC to Lonnie Walker helping within his local community of San Antonio cleaning up the streets.
The players have gone above and beyond, while still waiting for a clear statement from the NBA. Even though the NBA has stated that they will use the restart of the NBA season to fight for social justice during the season, it still feels that the players have been more proactive than the league.
With Masai Ujiri leading with the voice of support alongside Amadou Gallo Fall (Basketball Africa League President), San Antonio Spurs Coach Pop and RC Buford and more.
Masai Ujiri says the video of George Floyd’s murder is “one of the toughest things I’ve ever watched.”
“I don’t know how somebody can sit on somebody’s neck like that and not have any feeling inside you — your hands in your pockets,” said Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors and founder of the non-profit organization Giants of Africa, a youth basketball program.
“In my mind, that’s the cruellest that it could ever get — and with three people around him, watching that happen,” he told The Current’s, Matt Galloway.
“You keep thinking about it, you get more angry and angry when you watch it.”
His anger hasn’t abated in the weeks since Floyd died — on May 25 under the knee of an arresting police officer in Minneapolis, Minn. — as protests about his death became the setting for further police violence toward demonstrators.
With some NBA players such as Kyrie Irving questioning the restart of the NBA along with others and WNBA players like Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery opting out of the season to fight social injustices, it is clear that the passion for change is alive and kicking, and the players are leading the way.