Civic Engagement

Report: Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell among NBA players named to Social Justice Coalition

Back in August, the NBA and NBPA announced in a joint statement that the league and its players had agreed to establish a Social Justice Coalition that would be made up of players, coaches and governors.

Now, it appears as though they've appointed their board.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Carmelo Anthony, Avery Bradley, Sterling Brown, Donovan Mitchell and Karl-Anthony Towns will represent the players, Lloyd Pierce and Doc Rivers will represent the coaches and Micky Arison, Steve Ballmer, Clay Bennett, Marc Lasry and Vivek Randadive will represent the governors.

Charania adds that NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts will also be on the board.

The Social Justice Coalition was formed after the Milwaukee Bucks sat out Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic in response to the police shooting and hospitalization of Jacob Blake, a Black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin. The coalition will be focused on a number of issues, including "increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform."

"These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to restart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as creating an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the Black community," that statement read.

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