NBA players continue to bring attention to racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was handcuffed and unarmed as a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes despite several pleas that he could not breathe.
Over the last couple of weeks, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown were among the NBA players who participated in protests around the United States. Many other NBA players, including LeBron James and Steve Nash, took to social media to further the conversation.
Why Doesn't America Love US!!!!!????TOO. 😭😭🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ #HeadHighandStayStrong🙏🏾💪🏾 #WeAllWeGot✊🏾👑- LeBron James (@KingJames) May 31, 2020
"They Fear what they don't understand/Hate what they can't conquer/Guess that's just the theory of man/became a MONSTER"- Words from one of the greatest writers/authors @Nas 🙏🏾✊🏾💪🏾👑- LeBron James (@KingJames) May 31, 2020
Media showing this???? I bet you they're not. 🤦🏾♂️! You know why, cause this is unity, peaceful, beautiful and love! https://t.co/QkgH2SFmON- LeBron James (@KingJames) June 1, 2020
Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours today to peacefully protest in Atlanta.- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 30, 2020
"Being a celebrity, being an NBA player don't exclude me from no conversations at all. ... We're raising awareness for some of the injustices that we've been seeing. It's not ok."
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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson delivers a powerful message to honor his longtime friend George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/OxvwtNSzlu- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 29, 2020
While We Were Away- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) June 8, 2020
Narrated by: @yg_trece pic.twitter.com/2Tz8U0UI7F
Standing for equality. pic.twitter.com/KhVCnhzkjG- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 8, 2020
Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan
-It's impossible for you to understand what happen today if you don't understand the past-- Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) June 8, 2020
LETS CONTINUE TO FIGHT. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/No1lxiowCI
Our point guard 🖤 pic.twitter.com/6r0yxojcoc- Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 5, 2020
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and other members of the Warriors were walking in unity today in Oakland, California.- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2020
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Kyle Lowry, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle
From @Klow7 pic.twitter.com/9BcCzYWDEW- emmajbrown (@_emmajbrown) May 31, 2020
Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie
We're not gonna normalize this.- Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 31, 2020
We're not gonna feel desensitized to this.
We're not going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/9vjUBJCeHj
#BlackLivesMatter- Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) June 1, 2020
Yesterday, today, tomorrow, next day and the next day and FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/WoKXWHN8Pe
SacTown you guys showed out today 20k strong ✊🏾 Love to Deon Taylor and Bobby Jackson for putting this together. Let's keep making our voice heard in the streets and at the polls 🗳 #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/HdvGOl8viz- Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) June 7, 2020
This is a white problem. How are WE Caucasian people going to create equality? Listen. Read. Walk in others shoes. Organize. Sacrifice. Change. Support. VOTE! These are the MINIMUM of REPARATIONS.- Steve Nash (@SteveNash) June 1, 2020
Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo Ball have joined protesters in California.- NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 31, 2020
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Dennis Smith Jr.
Dennis Smith Jr. and J. Cole joined protests in Fayetteville, NC today.- ESPN (@espn) May 30, 2020
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It's about respect & human decency and how we share that with each other. #ShowYouCarehttps://t.co/NqMDQSPeLX- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) May 31, 2020
It's crazy what has taken place over the last few weeks. My condolences to the loved ones that are now missing a family member or friend due to social injustice. My prayer and hope is that justice will be served! "No man is an island"- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (@shaiglalex) May 31, 2020
JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️- DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 27, 2020