Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell was recently on the wrong end of some rather hateful comments on his own Instagram account. The 23-year-old shared a post on social media commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, which to his surprise, ended up being loaded with more than a few racially-charged statements in the comments section.
Mitchell admitted that this was not something he expected, and that he felt pretty aggrieved with what had just transpired.
“I was pretty pissed off,” the Jazz star said, via Tony Jones of The Athletic. “It opened a lot of eyes, to be honest with you. When that post came, and the comments, people said don’t read them. But it’s tough when they’re outrageous and crazy. It’s not like they were bots. They were people who live not only here but in different places.”
At this point, it’s not longer surprising that even the most prominent figures get attacked on their own social media platforms whenever they post anything related to social injustice. Such is the polarizing nature of the social issues that have gripped the nation of late. Nevertheless, we cannot fault the Jazz star here for taking offense in what he deems to be a series of utterly disrespectful comments on his own page.
If anything, this seems to have inspired Mitchell to continue fighting for what he believes in. At the moment, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard seems to be all but ready to suit up for the Jazz for the upcoming season restart in Orlando, with Mitchell seeing this as an avenue to further voice out his beliefs.