Sports Pulse: Athletes have gone to social media to share their feelings about what happened to George Floyd USA TODAY
Professional basketball teams are trying to lead with both their words and actions.
Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx players, coaches and executives filmed a PSA with Sacramento Kings players, coaches and executives to condemn George Floyd’s murder and to address racial inequality.
“For black people, true freedom is still a dream,” Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell said in the PSA.
The Timberwolves and Lynx have also joined “Team Up for Change,” which the Milwaukee Bucks and the Kings have been a part of for the past two years to raise awareness and funds to address racial inequality and police brutality. The teams said they plan to announce those plans soon, but they have already committed to recent community initiatives for the past two weeks since a white police officer (Derek Chauvin) killed an unarmed black man (Floyd) in Minneapolis after kneeling on his neck despite repeated protests that he struggled to breathe.
On June 3, the Timberwolves and Lynx partnered with “The Minneapolis Foundation” that will entail coaches Ryan Saunders and Cheryl Reeve working on an advisory committee that oversees a fund to address violence, inequality, criminal justice and community reforms. The following day, T-Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool, Lynx assistant coach Rebekkah Brunson and T-Wolves/Lynx CEO Ethan Cassan worked with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) to lead a community-wide discussion on the aftermath surrounding Floyd’s death.
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