Many former and present NBA players alike have launched statements, made social media posts or written in regards to the protests following George Floyd’s death in police custody.
LeBron James posted a picture on Instagram with one facet exhibiting the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the opposite facet with the phrases “This… … Is Why” and the caption “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke.”
Michael Jordan wrote in a press release after Floyd’s loss of life that he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended protesters in a strong op-ed for The Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere,” the Hall of Famer wrote.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will resume July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.