Pelicans news: Lonzo Ball featured in new George Floyd-inspired song
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Lonzo Ball featured in new George Floyd-inspired song

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has taken a unique step to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.

Ball was recently featured on a new song entitled “Don’t Shoot Me,” which addresses racial profiling by uniformed personnel of the law. The Pelicans playmaker was gracious enough to lend his voice to sing the hook of the new rap song (h/t Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report):

Don’t shoot me (Don’t shoot me)
Officer, don’t shoot me (Don’t shoot me)
I promise I got a family (A baby girl)
And stay up off my neck please (I cannot breathe)
Don’t shoot me (Don’t shoot me)
Officer, don’t shoot me (Officer)
I promise I got a family (I got a baby girl)
And stay up off my neck please (I cannot breathe)

This is some powerful stuff, as it takes the perspective of an oppressed African American man who has been victimized by racism by the police. One cannot help but wonder how these could have been the very last thoughts of George Floyd himself moments before he died.

We have to commend Lonzo Ball here for the action he is taking to address this gripping issue. The Pelicans youngster also took to the streets recently together with his brothers LeMelo and LiAngelo, as they joined in on the protests in their California neighborhood of Chino Hills.

Ball and teammate JJ Reddick also took on a leadership role in the newly established Social Justice Leadership Coalition formed by the Pelicans organization.

Aside from Ball and the Pelicans, more NBA teams, players and coaches are doing their part to make a change in the community and fight racism. In fact, Steve Kerr, Lloyd Pierce and Gregg Popovich are leading a racial injustice and reform committee established by the National Basketball Coaches Association.