Enraged by the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery, NBA superstars such as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Isiah Thomas have reacted to the loss of one of their own.
On February 23, a 25-year-old unarmed black man named Ahmaud Arbery was on his morning jog in Brunswick, Georgia. Suddenly, two white men, apparently a father-son duo named Gregory McMichael and Travis respectively, shot him dead in the middle of the road without reason.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the first to shed light on the incident. He put up a post on Instagram and tweeted about it. James seemed to be shaken because of this incident.
Now many other NBA players are coming forward to highlight the abuse aimed at black people in the country. Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Kyrie Irving and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard posted the same picture on Instagram to show their support.
Golden State Warriors’ star Stephen Curry was upset as well. He posted Arbery’s picture and wrote, “AHMAUD ARBERY. Sickening what’s STILL happening out here. Don’t watch the video. Respect this man and his family. Remember the name. #justiceforahmaud.”
The fact that racial profiling still takes place, years after the country abolished discrimination, seems to bother Curry.
Former Clipper Tobias Harris featured photos of Arbery on his Instagram stories feed and Harris’s former teammate in LA, Wilson Chandler tweeted: “Purge on black men in America.”
Former Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas also responded to the killing. He retweeted several comments from others about Arbery’s death.
These included quote-tweeting activist Shaun King, who sarcastically asked, “Did you ever see that viral video of 3 grown Black men chasing a young white jogger with shotguns and pistols, confronting him, then killing him, then claiming it was all a citizen’s arrest? … And the police and prosecutors just said, ‘sure. No problem.’ ? Me neither.’”
Thomas’s response to that was, “Never ever, ever, ever, ever!!!!!!! SMH!!!”
Gregory McMichael claimed he was on Arbery’s trail with his son as Arbery’s description matched to that of a suspect who broke into the neighborhood a few weeks back. McMichael is apparently a former police officer. Media claims that might have helped him in delaying the arrest.
Fortunately, the Arbery shooting received mass attention. Recently, a video leaked on social media. In the video, we see the McMichaels tracking down Arbery in a pickup truck. It also shows a man (apparently Arbery) jogging in the neighborhood.
Then, the jogger gets into a physical altercation with a man who seems to be holding a shotgun. The altercation eventually resulted in three shots being fired and the jogger collapsing on the street.
A massive campaign for Ahmaud has since begun on social media. People are demanding justice for the victim. Many suggest the incident seems to be yet another cruel act of racism in the United States.
Thankfully, talks about the arrest of the ruthless racist murderers have emerged.
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