The Toronto Raptors should be in celebration mode after a first round sweep in the playoff games against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Instead, they’re considering boycotting upcoming games in response to the brutal shooting of Jacob Blake.
The news made its way around Twitter on Tuesday (Aug. 25) afternoon after a conversation with players Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet.
VanVleet later explained his disappointment following the shooting.
“I’m in a different place today, emotionally speaking. It’s starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions, nothing’s changing,” VanVleet said during a press call. “What are we willing to give up? Do we actually give a fuck about what’s going on?”
“I’m frustrated, honestly,” he said. “I’m disappointed. I have a wide range of emotions. I’m pretty tired and sick to my stomach to have to sit up here and talk about this again.
“The police officers that are involved in these instances aren’t scared… the taxpayers are paying for these administrative leaves,” the Raptors star went on “Ain’t nothing gonna change (until we) stand up and demand things. Until that is done, ain’t sh** gonna change.”
Shortly after George Floyd was killed, Kyrie Irving argued against the return of basketball because he felt it would be a distraction to the racial inequality experienced by the Black community.
“Let’s get clear on this: Players never had this idea that messages on their jersey or taking a knee during anthems was the ONLY fix to what’s going on right now,” she tweeted in support of the NBA team’s potential form of protest.
Look at the thread below for Powell and VanVleet’s full statements.