Golden State Warriors had criticism for President Donald Trump over his comments on the recent protests over the death of George Floyd.
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 personalities also condemned the injustice. Among those was former NBA player Stephen Jackson who called him a “twin,” and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
The incident took many back to 2016 when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand up to the national anthem during San Fransisco 49ers’ preseason game. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he said back then.
Minneapolis Police kill a black man on 38th and Chicago.
He is screaming, “I can’t breathe” as police drive their knee on his throat for over three minutes. pic.twitter.com/1hhBLAqy8K
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Donald Trump a “racist”
On Friday, Steve Kerr tweeted against President Donald Trump referring to his similar comments on Kaepernick’s protests and the current protests supporting George Floyd.
“In 2017 Trump called kneeling NFL players who peacefully protested police brutality ‘sons of bitches’. Last night he called Minneapolis protesters ‘thugs’. This is why racists shouldn’t be allowed to be president,” Kerr tweeted.
It was in reply to a tweet that wrote why riots are not good and peaceful protest was the way to go- just like Kaepernick’s peaceful protest.
On Friday, a few people participated in a rally in remembrance of Floyd. The rally had Floyd’s close friend, Stephen Jackson, along with Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie among others. Towns participated in it despite having recently lost his mother. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the two-time NBA All-Star’s mother, passed away on April 12 off complications due to coronavirus.
“I’m here because they’re not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin,” Jackson said as per ESPN. Okogie posted a photo of those in the rally on Instagram with a long caption condemning the injustice and thanking those taking part against it.