NBA news: Dwyane Wade, Magic Johnson, NBA world speak out on George Floyd's death
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Dwyane Wade, Magic Johnson, NBA world speak out on George Floyd’s death

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A number of current and former NBA stars took to social media to mourn and issue a call to action over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday in Minneapolis.

Floyd was detained and handcuffed after police were called to the scene regarding a forgery complaint. A bystander video captured one of the officers on the scene kneeling on Floyd’s neck, with Floyd complaining he was in pain and could not breathe. Floyd died shortly thereafter.

Members of the NBA community spoke out in response.

Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade called for members of the public who are “unaffected” to show outrage.

Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA icon Magic Johnson, meanwhile, asked “how many times do we have to see black men killed on national television?”

Atlanta Hawks Trae Young said Floyd’s death was “sickening and sad,” with fellow NBA All-Star and Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell sharing in that sentiment.

Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter, who has taken on systematic oppression in his home country of Turkey, implored Americans to do more in fighting racism. The veteran NBA center said the public must be anti-racist, rather than simply non-racist.

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap spoke about how the bystander videotaping the incident held the officers accountable, also alluding to the protests in Minneapolis on Tuesday night.

The officers at the scene were fired, but former NBA shooting guard Jamal Crawford said the penalty should be more severe.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey asked for the kneeling officer to be charged on Wednesday, and President Donald Trump asked the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate Floyd’s death.

Time will tell whether charges are brought against the officers in question. However, members of the NBA community are also assertive in saying Floyd’s death is yet another example of the systemic and ugly racism in America.

Previously, Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry reacted to the news and expressed their anger over the police brutality.