Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens and Marcus Smart spoke at Tuesday’s Celtics practice in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting. Over an at times gut-wrenching hour, all three expressed dismay and disgust. In the wake of George Hill regretting coming to the NBA Bubble, the Celtics showed at least modest solidarity of the Toronto Raptors’ discussions of a boycott. Toronto and Boston are scheduled to begin their series at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back on Sunday during an attempted arrest while responding to a domestic incident, elevating already widespread calls for more consequences against police who unjustly use violent force. Brown in particular called for more alliances between NBA franchises and community organizations addressing the issues.
Jaylen Brown — “The question that I would like to ask is, does America think that black people and people of color are uncivilized savages and naturally unjust? Or are we products of the environments we participate in? ... And America has proven its answer over and over and over.”
Brown responded to the incident after Celtics practice, demanding that American society rethink its framing of police shooting victims as deserving criminals and calling on people to vote. He said he’ll never be able to look at his No. 7 jersey again and not think of Blake, who took seven shots. The Toronto Raptors are mulling a boycott of their series against the Celtics, Brown said the C’s haven’t discussed it themselves.
Brad Stevens: “This constant wave of inequality is maddening”
The Raptors, who the Celtics face in two days in the NBA Playoffs, are mulling a boycott, but Stevens says the Celtics have not approached him about the same yet.
Marcus Smart: “We need to try something different. . . It’s been talked about, but we haven’t confirmed anything. It’s definitely in the back of our minds to not play.”
As the Raptors discuss a protest of their series against the Celtics, Smart said the possibility is in everyone’s mind, but hasn’t been discussed among the Celtics yet.
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