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Isiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo to join ESPN panel to discuss violence

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The recent friction and racial divide nationwide has been a topic of large interest for NBA players. Two months ago, the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James spearheaded a conversation about police violence at the ESPYs.

Anthony followed through — hosting a town hall meeting in Los Angeles during Team USA’s exhibition tour.

ESPN’s “The Undefeated” will hold a panel discussion titled: “An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility and Violence — a panel discussion on athletes, guns, violence and law enforcement.”

The panel will take place at Chicago’s South Side YMCA on Thursday, via Evan F. Moore of DNAinfo.com:

“Sports are great bridge builders in our country, bringing together people who think differently and live differently,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated.

“Athletes, in greater numbers, have been saying they want to use their influence to drive social change. We hope this town hall will help push that conversation forward.”

The panel will include Chicago native and Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas and new Bulls signee Rajon Rondo. Other panelists include ESPN’s Senior Writer and “Pardon The Interruption” panelist Michael Wilbon and White Sox President Kenny Williams.

“His & Hers” co-host Jemele Hill will be the discussion moderator.

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