“We Got to Come Out”: Giannis Antetokounmpo Shares a Strong Message in Fight Against Racial Injustice

Published 06/07/2020, 1:45 AM CDT


NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was among those protesting against racial injustice in Milwaukee on Saturday. A video came out on social media that showed Antetokounmpo marching with people. They were wearing identical grey t-shirts that read “I can’t breathe.”

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The Milwaukee Bucks star also had a message for people, urging them to fight.

“This is our city, man,” he said in the video. “We got to come out here and support.”

“We want change, we want justice, and that’s why we’re out here,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s what we’re going to do today. That’s why I’m going to march with you. I want my kid to grow up here in Milwaukee, and not to be scared to walk in the streets. I don’t want my kid to have hate in his heart.”

Giannis added that he doesn’t care about publicity.

“We don’t do this for publicity. I really don’t care about publicity. I just want the city of Milwaukee to know that I am here,” he said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo could be a part of another protest

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Also, Giannis could be a part of another protest on Sunday. Eric Woodyard of ESPN reported that that the Bucks organization will be holding a protest match on Sunday on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum. The protest, in support of social justice, will include its players, coaches, owners, management, and staff.

Antetokounmpo’s protests came a few days after Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry participated in a protest in Oakland. Curry, along with his Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, was a part of a protest called “walking in unity” on Wednesday.

These are not the only occasions where NBA players have joined protests against racial discrimination. The death of George Floyd has led many among the NBA community to speak out.

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Previously Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown led a protest in Atlanta. Many NBA stars, including LeBron James, have raised their voice on social media.

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Saketh Kandadai

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