Another protest ensued during the Sacramento Kings' game on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers. The protests occurred after the funeral for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed by police in his grandmother's backyard.
As reported by Steve Gardner of USA Today Sports, the Kings released a statement which read in part:
“We are meeting with Mayor, law enforcement and community leaders today and are committed to ensuring the safety and security of fans on Thursday and future events. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.”
The team also released a statement for their fans, particularly how they are working with the police department to ensure safety for ticketed guests. As reported by Ryan Sabalow, Jason Jones, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler, and Ed Fletcher of The Sacramento Bee, the statement read:
“We have updated our security plan with the Sacramento Police Department and they have committed to ensure safe entry for all ticketed guests. This plan will include a significant police presence around the arena and through the plaza (Thursday). Security and ticket checks will continue at the perimeter of the plaza. To expedite entry, you are encouraged to arrive early and have your ticket ready to show staff.”
Clark's death marks another dent in the country's history of police brutality towards African-Americans. Apart from civilians and social organizations, protest movements have also been done by players themselves. Some have told them to just “shut-up and dribble.” Yet for them, these issues are way bigger than basketball. Everyone should be accountable.
The Kings are set to host the Golden State Warriors next so that marquee home game featuring the defending champions is sure to attract a crowd.