NBA players react to Donald Trump's comments about Minnesota, CNN reporter arrest
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NBA players react to Donald Trump’s comments about Minnesota, CNN reporter arrest

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A bevy of NBA players have reacted to the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the consequent Twitter comments from President Donald Trump, which have drawn plenty of ire.

Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, took major issue with Trump referring to the Minneapolis protesters as “THUGS,” and Isaiah Thomas didn’t hide his feelings (NSFW warning):

Twitter decided to censor Trump’s tweet due to violating the terms of use and “glorifying violence.”

Boston Celtics youngster Jaylen Brown, one of the more outspoken NBA players on social issues, chimed in as well when Trump tweeted about calling in the National Guard:

Adding fuel to all this fire was CNN reporter Omar Jimenez getting arrested in plain sight while reporting the news of the Minneapolis riots on Friday morning. The CNN crew captured every bit of the interaction, but Celtics big man Enes Kanter was livid to see it:

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal shared the same indignance:

Jimenez was released after a few hours, but the clear abuse of power was already evident after the cameras filmed every bit of the action. As Kanter and Beal noted, it was especially egregious that Jimenez was arrested before Derek Chauvin, the police officer seen on video killing Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Chauvin was finally arrested Friday afternoon and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

A few other NBA stars have chimed in on this whole situation, with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo lamenting that a lot of people’s unfortunate true colors are coming out:

Superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry previously expressed their outrage over Floyd’s killing as well, and there will surely be more reactions coming in as this story develops. NBA players and other athletes will continue to use their platforms to promote social justice.