Giannis Antetokounmpo issues powerful statement on being Black in America
Much like the rest of his fellow NBA players, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is deeply affected by the disturbing chain of events as of late in the United States to begin the new year.
A day after Kenosha County decided not to file charges against police officer Rusten Sheske for shooting Jacob Blake, a mob of rabid Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC to disrupt the ceremonial counting of votes of President-Elect Joe Biden.
After the Bucks defeated the Detroit Pistons at Fiserv Forum, 130-115, the reigning back-to-back MVP discussed feeling scared for his son living in the US just for the color of his skin. Giannis welcomed his first-born son last year, Liam Charles Antetokounmpo, with his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger.
"My kid is going to grow up here in America and my kid is Black. I cannot imagine my kid going through what I see on TV."
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At the beginning of the game, Giannis joined his teammates and the Pistons players in taking a knee as a symbol of protest.
Still, the all-around forward did not let the distractions throw him off his game, as he put up 25 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 28 minutes. He shot 8-of-15 from the field to help the Bucks improve to 5-3.
But once the final horn sounded, it was clear that the tragic events have bothered the 26-year-old superstar, who has called the US his home since joining the NBA in 2013 as a skinny teen from Greece.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has already used his growing platform to speak out in the past and it looks like he will continue supporting the battle against social injustice any way he can.