Ray Allen ends his George Jefferson Challenge while calling for change
NBA legend Ray Allen has decided to end his so-called “George Jefferson Challenge,” which boldly features his receding hairline. In April, Allen decided he was not going to cut his hair until the coronavirus “kicks rocks,” but with no apparent solution in sight, the Hall of Famer has decided to end the challenge prematurely.
Allen took to Instagram to share a recent photo of himself with his hair all grown out. As it turns out, this was his last photo prior to shaving it all off again:
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The last time I cut my hair it was the second week of March. Since then, 7.5 million people around the world have contracted covid-19 and 420,000 people have died. In the U.S. alone over 2 million have contracted the coronavirus and a bit under 116,000 have died. The virus is still deadly and due to some questionable choices in leadership the virus is still taking lives. So, as we all have been in doors trying to #flattenthecurve George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota was murdered by 4 police officers in broad daylight for all to see. So, if some of you are like me I was very angry, sad and disappointed. I had all these thoughts in my head; would I catch the Rona or would someone call the police on me for something so small that could lead to me getting shot by a police officer? I would like to tell you that all this stress caused me to pull my hair out but nope I'm just one of the unlucky men that goes bald later in life. So this is my last picture and I am gonna take the clippers to my dome and end my #georgejeffersonchallenge As I am cutting my hair I will be getting rid of all of the angst that I have felt over the last three months. It doesn't mean that our problems are over with, it means that I will no longer let them control my emotions negatively. Every event that we experience we all have a choice of how it will affect us. We can commit to the problem by talking about it incessantly, staying angry and pointing fingers or we can commit to the solution and not give up until there is real change, and real change does not happen over a week or a month of protest's. November is coming everyone and we need to keep this same energy, we need to remember how we felt when @nfl players were called sonsofbitches, when African countries were called shit hole countries and when countless black men and women were killed and every one of the perpetrators got off. We need a change in a bad way people, Not only as a country but locally as well. The change we need to see in America is about each one of you speaking truth to power. Commit to finding a solution to our problems and stop telling us that we don't have a problem. #blacklivesmatter #wecan #change #haircut
Ray Allen included a lengthy caption in his photo as he explained why he has decided to shave his head again. According to the 44-year-old, he came to this decision as a way to cleanse himself:
“As I am cutting my hair I will be getting rid of all of the angst that I have felt over the last three months,” Ray Allen wrote. “It doesn’t mean that our problems are over with, it means that I will no longer let them control my emotions negatively.”
Allen also addressed the issue of racial injustice that has gripped the entire nation of late. Much like the rest of the NBA, Allen is also letting his voice be heard here, calling out any and all forms of racism. The two-time NBA champ also took this opportunity to remind everyone to come out and vote in the upcoming elections:
“November is coming everyone and we need to keep this same energy,” Ray Allen added. “We need a change in a bad way people, Not only as a country but locally as well. The change we need to see in America is about each one of you speaking truth to power.”
Below is a look at Allen’s post from April at the start of the challenge:
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I wasn't gonna post this but two tears in a bucket! This is where I'm at with it. Lol So I'm gonna ride #myJefferson out until the "Rona" kicks rocks! For those of you that don’t know I have cut my own hair my whole life so it’s been hard not to put the clippers to it but when I look back at these pics I will remember the Rona! Lol Fish don't fry in the kitchen, beans don't burn on the grill, took a whole lotta tryin, just to get up that hill, now we're up in the big leagues, getting our turn at bat, as long as we live, it's you and me baby, there ain't nothing wrong with that"! I nominate all my bald or going bald brothers to let it grow out, y’all know who you are! Lol. #pulluptothescenewitmyceilinmissin #shoutouttothefivehead #movinonuptotheeastside #myjeffersonon @kingjames @richardajefferson @carroyo79 @ripcity3232 @mrcbooz @shaq @starburymarbury @dwilk3000 @jermaineoneal @therealchrisspencer #napsknotsandbeebeeshots #georgejeffersonchallenge #kickitray
Ray Allen’s beaming smile is visibly absent from his more recent post — and for good reason. He is obviously unhappy with the state of the nation and is not afraid to speak out and stand up for what he believes in.