Civic Engagement

Boston Celtics and Miami Heat players issue joint statement

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Boston Celtics prior to Jan. 6 meeting with Miami Heat (NBAE/Getty Images)

The following is a statement from the players of the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat:

"2021 is a new year, but some things have not changed. We play tonight's game with a heavy heart after yesterday's decision in Kenosha, and knowing that protesters in our nation's capital are treated differently by political leaders depending on what side of certain issues they are on. The drastic difference between the way protesters this past spring and summer were treated and the encouragement given to today's protestors who acted illegally just shows how much more work we have to do.

"We have decided to play tonight's game to try to bring joy to people's lives. But we must not forget the injustices in our society, and we will continue to use our voices and our platform to highlight these issues and do everything we can to work for a more equal and just America."

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