Players Turn Out To Protest Racism, Police Brutality

by Casey Holdahl
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The suspension of the 2019-20 NBA regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left players with an ample amount of free time, and many of them are putting that excess of time to good use. 

Over the last week, multiple players have taken to the streets, both in Portland and elsewhere, to join protests decrying the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African Americans who have died in incidents related to police brutality and institutional racism. 

Damian Lillard joined thousands for a march from the inner eastside to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland on June 4.


On June 5, Rodney Hood, Gary Trent Jr, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little all joined marches following a similar path from east to west and ending in downtown.

While the majority of players have stayed in Portland during the stoppage, two-way player Jaylen Hoard returned to his native homeland, France, to ride out the pandemic. And while there, he participated in a march alongside family in Montpellier.


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