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Several NBA players from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets rocked “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during the pre-game warm-ups last night. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Jarret Jack wore the black tees in solidarity with protesters to join in the protest the Eric Garner’s grand jury decision. The powerful t-shirt was first spotted on Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose in a game last Saturday to show support for the family of Eric Garner.

“It’s just for us to make a [statement] to understand what we’re going through as a society,” James said when asked about the “I Can’t Breath” tee. “I’ve been quoted over and over about what’s going on as far as it’s more of a notion to the family, more than anything. Obviously, as a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything, because they’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.”

LeBron James

“It’s not a Cavs thing. It’s a worldly thing.” — Lebron James

Prince William and his wife, Kate, were also in attendance to witness the powerful protest at last night’s game at Barclays Center Monday night.

“I talked to Jay Z about us being in Brooklyn, and how it would be big for us to wear the shirts, especially with all the publicity that was at this game because of the royal couple,” Deron Williams said. “Jay Z is a smart guy. Him being from New York City and growing up here, I’m sure he’s seen his fair share of things like this. So I’m sure it hits closer to home for him being from Brooklyn and a part of this city.”

Props to all the players that decided to use their celebrity to bring awareness to the injustice of the Eric Garner decision.

Check out our gallery to see more photos from the game.

[Image Credits: Getty Images, NY Daily News]

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  • Me

    that grin tho…

  • i.mean.really

    Why is Jay Z the only one not representing though? Oh that’s right, his presence is a ‘gift’…

    • Jay

      Always gotta find something negative. They are clearly all supporting the cause.

    • Delia

      But lets be real though, Jay coulda worn the shirt too
      I’m glad to see these black athletes take a stand. It’s a good look.

  • Mary Burrell

    Good to see the pro athletes being supportive.

  • CAsweetface

    Ok, I’m happy that these guys are taking a stand but I have a sneaky suspicion that if these were a black women brutalized no shirts would be made, no protests given. Not trying to be divisive at all but many black women have also been brutalized/murdered with little mention of their stories. This is not a new sentiment but I wish somebody with a larger platform would echo their names because they matter as well.

  • mmmdot

    Good for them.