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LA Clippers statements on killing of George Floyd, subsequent protests

Current events aren’t far from their minds, and many are speaking up.

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Protests have taken place around the country and world over the past several days following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The African American man died on May 25 after a police officer put his knee into his neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe.

Since then, members of the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken out publicly and acted in response to the killing and to the core value of racial equality through the Black Lives Matter movement.

With Clippers head coach Doc Rivers already familiar with racism in the workplace as he helped usher the team through the events which led to the ouster of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling in 2014, the team and Rivers opted to release a joint statement, in Rivers’ voice, on Sunday:

Prior to that, current Clippers team owner Steve Ballmer made a personal statement expressing sadness and anger over the state of race relations and solidarity with African Americans.

(WARNING: Violence and language). Paul George shared a supercut of violence by police towards protesters in recent days, with a message of support in ending racist violence, while also not condemning all law enforcement as violent.

Montrezl Harrell did most of his talking on the matter on Instagram through a Tupac Shakur video, where the rapper used a metaphor of being hungry for demanding social justice.

Patrick Beverley, renowned for his powers of concentration, admitted basketball isn’t really on his mind right now.

Marcus Morris has had a couple posts in recent days on the matter. He shared footage of a peaceful protest in Minneapolis:

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... and he offered a succinct message on finding support, shared by all of the Lakers players on social media as well.

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✊ ✊ ✊ Plain and simple.....

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Beyond statements alone, another member of the Clippers offered more in support of protests. Lou Williams pledged $25,000 to a bail fund in Atlanta for arrested protesters there.

The protests and aftermath of George Floyd’s death continue to change, and no one knows what is coming next based on how this year has gone so far. But the actions of the world around us have given the entire Clippers organization time to compose their thoughts and to engage in various ways with this world, right now.