The National Basketball Association restarted their 2019-2020 season last month after being out for several months due to COVID-19. The NBA has decided to use its platform to keep up the fight against social injustice. The courts have been decorated with “Black Lives Matter” on them and players, coaches, and media have been very outspoken on the issue.
On Tuesday, after the Clippers-Mavericks game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers broke down in tears as he touched on the subject of black people being racially profiled and attacked by police officers for being black. He also condemned the Republican Party for using the RNC as a platform to spew nothing but fear.
“All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers said of the Republican National Convention as he took his protective mask off to make sure he was heard clearly over the video conference. “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear.”
Rivers was trying to hold back his tears as he continued.
“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back,” Rivers said. “It’s really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. I’m so often reminded of my color. It’s just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better.”
“It’s funny. We protest. They send riot guards. They send people in riot outfits. They go up to Michigan with guns. They’re spitting on cops. Nothing happens.”
Rivers went on to note that his father used to be a police officer and that the problem is systematic.
“The training has to change in the police force,” Rivers continued. “The unions have to be taken down in the police force. My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops. We’re not trying to defund the police and take all their money away. We’re trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else.”
You can see Rivers’ remarks below: