Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell came in with an interesting choice of clothing prior to his team's NBA bubble opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.
The one-time All-Star once again denounced police brutality and racial injustice by wearing a bulletproof vest inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
Donovan Mitchell wearing a bullet proof vest. Send that message 🗣#WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/5iPtDP6ipv
— Jeremy Christopher (@jchris12_) July 30, 2020
Shortly after the Jazz stunned the Pelicans with a 106-104 comeback victory, Mitchell opened up about the symbolism behind the vest, which had names of victims of police brutality.
The phrase “Respect Existence or Respect Resistance” is also prominently engraved on the military-grade equipment. Per Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks:
“We’re tired of seeing this. Everybody’s tired of it. For me, to make that statement is something I really wanted to do. As African-Americans, male or female, we’re sick and tired of being afraid,” Mitchell explained.
"We're sick and tired of being afraid."
Donovan Mitchell brought a bulletproof vest to the game with the names of those who have died from police brutality.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 31, 2020
After assuming the role as the go-to guy for the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell once again came up big for his team on Thursday. The 6-foot-1 guard pitched in 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 36 minutes.
He also completed a crucial pass to fellow All-Star Rudy Gobert in the closing seconds of the match. The Frenchman got sent to the line and iced the game with two free throws.
Mitchell's brave statement is truly admirable especially for a young player his age.
The Jazz, meanwhile, improved its record to 42-23 (4th in the West) and is in a good position to catch the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers in the standings.