Not Long After His Mother’s Death, Karl-Anthony Towns is Out Fighting injustice

Published 05/30/2020, 2:33 AM EDT


Just over 45 days after the death of his mother, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns came out to support George Floyd, who was murdered a few days ago.

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On Tuesday, a video surfaced on social media that showed a policeman kneeling a black man to death. The death of the person, later identified as George Floyd, led to protests from many people. A few NBA stars also condemned the injustice. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson mourned over his death, calling him a “twin.”

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On Friday, Jackson was a part of a rally in remembrance of George Floyd.

“I’m here because they’re not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin,” Jackson said as per ESPN. “A lot of times, when police do things they know that’s wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up, and bring up their background — to make it seem like the bulls— that they did was worthy. When was murder ever worthy? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved.

Karl-Anthony Towns among those in the rally

Current Minnesota Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie also took part in the rally. Not long ago, Towns lost his mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns of coronavirus. After fighting with it for a while, she died on April 12 at the age of 58.

Okogie, his Wolves teammate, praised his strength to come out to support Floyd.

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“It shows how selfless he is, where he’s still mourning the loss of his mother,” he said as per Malika Andrews of ESPN.

“It’s not easy for a guy who lost someone as big as their mother to come and support a cause like this but it also shows the magnitude of this issue for a guy to lose a mother about [six] weeks ago to come here and stand for something else. It just shows how big this problem is.”

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We need each other now more than ever. I am immensely disgusted in the amount of pain and suffering that my fellow black brothers and sisters have to endure until change happens. We can no longer be alienated and we can no longer normalize the injustices that this system of oppression feeds us. No more lives need to be lost. No more kids, moms, dads, and loved ones need to die before we can make change. I do not condone violence, but what is it going to take for the world to hear our cry? We are strong and as long as we stay together, there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. As a resident of Minnesota this is unacceptable and should not be a representation of who we are… to my brother @_stak5_ my condolences to you and your family and also the Floyd family. @tamikadmallory thank you for standing up and using your voice so our cries can be heard. @karltowns @iamjamiefoxx I appreciate you all standing with the cause. Lastly, thank you @fashiondree for catalyzing everything. #BlackLivesMatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd

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Okogie also posted a photo of those in the rally on Instagram. In a long caption, he condemned the racial injustice and thanked the people who were in the fight against it. The police officer involved in the incident, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

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Saketh Kandadai

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