George Floyd Rumors
James Cadogan: Today, Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake are just the latest lives we remember that have been lost to or impacted by police violence. And while investigations by those dedicated federal civil rights lawyers I used to work alongside remain essential, most observers agree that we need more: that prosecution after the fact is no substitute for prevention; and that accountability comes much too late for justice.
Marc J. Spears: George Floyd’s family visited the Timberwolves ‘ practice facility today before attending Derek Chauvin’s sentencing. Brandon Williams and Philonise Floyd met with Tony Adams (Wolves Head of Security and former MPD officer) and Tru Pettigrew (Wolves VP of Player Programs/DEI).
Juan Toscano-Anderson: We are basketball players, but we’re humans first. After we leave this gym, we go home to a family, we go home to the real world. When we’re in transition from the gym to our house, a lot of us are worried about, ‘Am I driving correctly? Do I have my driver’s license?’ I would hate to come in contact with the police just because I don’t know how that interaction is going to go. I don’t think all policemen are bad, but you never know. I could easily have been George Floyd. It’s really cool that the NBA’s supportive and progressive enough to allow us to have a platform to speak openly. And I think that’s very healthy and I think it’s very needed for the Black community right now.
Etan Thomas: I also have a lot of respect for all of them. I am still amazed at all of the work that Stephen Jackson has done around the world after George Floyd was murdered. I’ve interviewed both Stak and Matt for my show, “The Rematch,” and for my new book on white supremacy and police brutality that I’m currently putting the finishing touches on (shout out to Haymarket Books). Kwame and I have been friends since we were teammates with the Washington Wizards for four seasons, so I have always been in his corner. I immediately ordered some shirts from his clothing line for me and my son. (We got “Momma’s Cooking” and “My Momma’s Son” shirts).
As Gordon sat in his hotel room, the trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd was days away from reaching a verdict, after weeks of heartbreaking testimony from eyewitnesses and Floyd’s loved ones. All season—and long before it began—relentless signs of racial inequality were “a constant strain on my mental health,” Gordon said. “I’m employed by the NBA. My job is to come out and compete and help my team win. But there’s just certain things that you can’t get out of your mind. It’s another reason why I do all of this mental health and mental training, because of how unfairly America treats Black men and Black women. And we’re still expected to come out, compete and act as if it’s not happening. It’s strenuous. Daily.”