Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving joined a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on Tuesday, becoming one of the most prominent NBA stars to take part in the action.
Irving went on Instagram Live to share moments of the protest:
Kyrie is peacefully protesting ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/EShbKILNVC
— Kyrie Wrld (@kyriewrldig) June 2, 2020
It's difficult to make out just where Irving was protesting, but that's just semantics when it comes to the sentiment of his intention.
Others like Boston Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown have taken matters into their own hands to join a protest. Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to his home state of Georgia to take part in it — a move most have seen as quite admirable.
Irving has been vocal about civil right leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, so it's suitable that he has taken a position of leadership by joining fellow African Americans and other protesters hoping for a change in police brutality.
The Nets star also sent out a lengthy message on Tuesday calling for change:
The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American killed while in custody of police in Minneapolis, proved the last drop in the bucket of a rainstorm of deaths in the black community due to the abuse of power.
NBA players have been accompanied by the NBA Coaches Association in efforts to end racism and reform police departments.
Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs recently penned an op-ed, published by USA TODAY, hoping change will come soon.