Stephon Clark’s brother says protesters shouldn’t block gates to Kings games at Golden 1 Center
After Stephon Clark, an young, unarmed black man, was shot 20 times by the Sacramento Police, including six times in the back, protests have erupted throughout the city.
Twice the Sacramento Kings have had to play in front of small crowds because of the protests outside Golden 1 Center that has limited other fans from entering the arena.
The Kings have been supportive of the protests, but they also wanted to make sure that their fans are able to get into Thursday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Stephon Clark’s brother, Stevante, told Frances Wang of ABC 10 that he wanted to protestors to find a different way to have their voices heard:
The second time, it was not cool. That’s not cool. We don’t support people shutting down our businesses. The Sacramento Kings love us. They could have left and went anywhere, but they stayed here in our city. We should respect them and love them. If you love me, you will love the Kings. If you shout Stephon Clark, you will never protest at the Kings’ arena again. If you do, you do not love me, period. Because I asked you to do something, and you didn’t do it.”
Stevante also told me protests should happen at other places and not at the @Golden1Center during @sacramentokings games: "The second time, it was not cool…if you shout #StephonClark, you will never protest at the Kings' arena again." pic.twitter.com/KwLH55UW4s
— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) March 29, 2018
The Kings installed six foot high fences all around the arena before Thursday night’s game to make sure that everyone could get in safely. They also closed off the plaza to people who didn’t have tickets to the game to make sure that it was safe for the fans attempting to attend the game.