Craig Hodges Rumors
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.”
Hodges made an appearance on “The No-Sports Report” podcast on Wednesday to talk about what was going on during that time, and the nationwide protests currently happening in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes in a moment caught on cellphone video. “But, you know, for me it was one of those things where I had talked to Michael [Jordan] about opening up the same manufacturing we have overseas in America, and that’s being able to produce shoes and stuff here, and that’s the part that I felt like we kind of missed the boat,” Hodges said on the podcast. “And as far as the 1991 championship on both levels, Chicago and Los Angeles, two of the biggest media markets — what would’ve happened if we would have said, we want to have a work stoppage and we want to change the conditions of police and civilians?
“But at that period of time, I was asking us to boycott in order to create some type of an ownership, black ownership within the league, having a league look reflective on the ownership level to what was on the court,” Hodges added. “And it continues today. You know, I seen yesterday, where the league is talking about some type of racial justice committee or whatever. I’m glad to see that. Hopefully, they’ll bring in Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and myself and other players who I’m sure feel like they have been castigated in the past.”