Pacers’ Malcolm Brogdon details his experience protesting this past weekend
Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon was one among the several NBA players who marched out in the streets to protest in his hometown of Atlanta. In an online interview with Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson, Brogdon detailed his experience.
Brogdon actually went with Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown, who shares the hometown of Atlanta. Brogdon explained how their partnership came about and what his mindset was like during the protests.
“I think it was way more organic that people might have thought. It wasn’t something planned as it looks. As you know, Jaylen and I are on the executive committee of the NBPA. And the guys on our committee talk often. And we were in the conversation. Everybody was talking I think something about the PA and the NBA season. And Jaylen comes into the group chat and says, ‘Well I’m on my way back to Atlanta to lead a demonstration, to lead a protest. I won’t be able to check my phone right now.'”
After reading Brown’s message, Malcolm Brogdon immediately saw this as an opportunity to join the demonstration. Brown gave him the details of the demonstration, noting that he would love for Brogdon to join them.
“It turned out to be something really beautiful.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 4, 2020
The 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year also admitted that he was never really the type who would lead a protest. However, knowing that he’s a public figure, he knows the responsibility that goes along with it. And so before marching to the streets and even up to now, Brogdon has been preparing mentally.
“For my self, it is something I am open to. It’s never been a vision for me to be at the frontlines, to be one of the main activists. But if that’s what time is calling for, if that’s what my community needs me to do, then it’s my job to prepare, my job to educate myself, my job to be prepared to speak, be prepared to lead, be prepared to push policies.
“But like I said before, that comes with education. So for the past couple of days, I’ve been reading a lot.”
“It’s about the details of America’s history.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 4, 2020