Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown has been one of the more outspoken athletes on social media of late, demanding justice for the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police. He did not stop there, however, as the Celtics stud drove 15 hours to Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest in the city, which earned heaps of praise from a number of his colleagues in the NBA.
For New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart, he sent props to Brown for his effort. Being a celebrity entails more influence, and it is clear that Brown has decided to use the same for the greater good:
Much love to @FCHWPO Kid is special! Everyone has a voice…let use them!!!
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) May 31, 2020
Celtics insider Chris Grenham described the scenes on the ground and detailed how Brown handled the rally. Several other protests in other cities turned into looting, and for his part, Brown made sure that this was not going to be the case in Atlanta:
Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, an Atlanta native, joined Brown in the march. Brogdon even shared a powerful message about his grandfather joining Martin Luther King Jr. in his protests several decades ago:
Malcolm Brogdon: "I got a grandfather who marched next to Dr. King in the 60's. He was amazing and he would be proud to see us all here."
He added "Jaylen, man, has led this charge. I'm proud of him. We need more leaders." pic.twitter.com/3r3qsojB45
— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 31, 2020
Brown’s actions here earned him the respect of his peers. This admiration went beyond what the Celtics swingman can do on the basketball court, but more importantly, the moves he is making to effect a change in our society:
Proud of this young man JaylenBrown @FCHWPO #letitbeknown @celtics #FloydWasMURDERED #PoliceBrutality #icantbreathe https://t.co/AX2SbIaUIw
— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) May 31, 2020
Jaylen Brown was already becoming one my Favorite players on the court but to be this young and intelligent and leading during this crazy time he just became one of my Favorite PEOPLE!!! Keep up the great work youngin. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 31, 2020
Appreciate @FCHWPO for standing up as a leader today
— Treveon Graham ✌🏾 (@TreBall21) May 31, 2020
For Los Angeles Lakers veteran Jared Dudley, he believes Brown’s actions today can lead to bigger things in the future:
@FCHWPO has all the attributes you need to be a future president of our union one day! This young brother is smart, intellectual, engaging, and as a player a future all star.. https://t.co/gfVl4OQDSn
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 31, 2020
We also have to send our praise in Brown’s direction here. A lot of NBA stars have voiced their anger toward the social injustices that have recently mired the nation, but the Celtics youngster has taken his leadership to another level. Boston has a special player on its hands in Jaylen Brown, both on and off the court.