George Floyd Rumors
“Game Change Game”, a new feature film by NBPA’s head of content Christina Norman, is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on June 14, 2022. The film, produced in the summer of 2020, documents the impact of social justice issues in the league and the players’ and teams’ decision to take action with several boycotts in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the police and the rise of “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Isaac, 24, had also gained attention in the NBA bubble for the 2020 Playoffs. He was the only player refusing to kneel in a demonstration of solidarity after the murder of George Floyd. He even wrote a book titled “Why I Stand” to explain his decision. Appearing in a tour labeled as pro-Trump and encouraging extreme conspiracy theories can be considered part of the book promotion and marketing.
Last year, as Congress debated the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Cadogan brought together coalition board members Steve Ballmer (owner of the LA Clippers) and Karl-Anthony Towns (star player of the Minnesota Timberwolves), with bill sponsors Rep. Karen Bass (D-California) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) for a discussion. In March, Cadogan was joined by Dwane Casey, Pistons coach and coalition board member, to lobby the White House in support of criminal sentencing legislation. “The tools of 2020 are not the tools of 2022,” Cadogan said. “The reason that we established a coalition is to take on this work on behalf of the NBA community, so it will look different over time. And it should look different over time. What we saw in the bubble, which I think will go down as a critical, pivotal moment, in not just sports history, but American history … there was a need and a moment and the right opportunity for players to stand up in a new way. “Now, the outgrowth, the real question, I think this is true of anybody who cares about this work is, how do you do it sustainably? And how do you keep it going beyond the moments of protest?”
More recently, in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder two summers ago, Irving bought Floyd’s family a house. Irving has been known to meet grieving families of fallen soldiers in the bowels of arenas before games, too. “Even when he’s ‘bad’ Kyrie, when he meets the family of a fallen soldier behind the scenes, in the underbelly of the arena, he is genuine and real and, like, hugs the mom,” said a league official who’s known Irving for years. “Right now, today, I believe he would take care of someone in that way.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Last summer up to 26 million Americans marched in the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, specifically police brutality toward African Americans. George Floyd and Breanna Taylor put faces to a violent practice in law enforcement that has taken hundreds of innocent Black lives. America was outraged. They’d had enough. It was one of the proudest moments in American history. Which is why it is so disappointing to me that many of the same people who took to the streets a year ago to protest racism are okay with standing by and letting it take hundreds of Black lives every day. The principle is the same: systemic racism encouraged and allowed police to target Black people with excessive, sometimes fatal violence. And systemic racism is allowing COVID-19 to kill a disproportionate number of Blacks.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: According to the COVID Race Tracker, at least 73,462 Blacks have died in the U.S. from COVID-19. The CDC reports that Black people are 2.8 times more likely to become hospitalized by the virus and 2 times more likely to die from the disease compared to Whites and Non-Hispanics. To put it simply, if COVID was a racist cop choking out a Black person on the street, would you lift your voice in protest? Or would you say, “It’s his choice. He didn’t have to leave his home to go for a jog or grocery shop.”
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.