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.”
“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.
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) December 9, 2014
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