Craig Hodges Rumors
“This young brother was coming home from working. So that means that he had something on his mind that’s legitimate,” Hodges, who is Bailey’s uncle, said at a news conference. “Now, for that to change into whatever they want to say he did, that’s the part that I think is the real issue of … What is the real facts of the matter?”
On Sunday, Stephen Curry won the NBA All-Star 3-point contest for the second time, joining Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Mark Price, Jeff Hornacek, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Kapono as multiple-time winners. Curry scored 28 points in the final round to edge Utah’s Mike Conley, who registered 27 points.
The senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has become a tipping point in the fight for human rights. The byproduct has been civil unrest across America and worldwide rallies, protests and demonstrations, all of which have raised awareness to issues Hodges famously fought for more than 25 years ago as a player. “I think it was just a continuation of what has gone on for years,” Hodges said of Floyd’s murder. “Now, it’s just more visible with social media.”
Hodges, now 59, is no stranger to cases of police brutality. He lost a friend back in the famous 1981 case of Ron Settles, who mysteriously died while in police custody. And while Hodges and the Bulls were three months away from capturing their second championship, Rodney King was taking a brutal beating by billy clubs at the hands of the Los Angeles police. One look at the heinous Floyd video, Hodges said, was all he needed to see. It immediately hit home.
“When you look at the brutality over the centuries,” Hodges said, “I think it’s one of those things that America hasn’t really looked at the history of police and where it comes from as far as the slave catchers and the like. And some things are nature in its root. We talk about ‘It’s a bad apple here. It’s a rogue cop here.’ It’s always singled out. It’s always one bad apple as opposed to the tree and the root of the tree having some bad roots.”