Minnesota Timberwolves players Karl-Anthony Towns and Josh Okogie attended a rally on Friday at Minneapolis City Hall condemning the death of George Floyd. Multiple speakers called for charges against the police officers after Floyd died in police custody on Monday.
Okogie and Towns stood alongside a host of community members at the press conference, including actor Jamie Foxx, social justice advocate Tamika Mallory, and retired NBA player and Floyd's childhood friend Stephen Jackson. Jackson delivered a powerful message in the wake of the death of Floyd, whom he referred to as “Twin.”
We're not gonna normalize this.
We're not gonna feel desensitized to this.
We're not going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/9vjUBJCeHj
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 31, 2020
The Timberwolves and the WNBA's Lynx released a statement on Floyd's death:
“Our community is grieving the senseless tragedy and death of George Floyd. The entire Timberwolves and Linx organization shares its deepest sympathy with the Floyd family. We will work tirelessly to use our voices to influence change, encourage healing, and promote thoughtful action as we move forward.”
Towns and Okogie are two of many members of the NBA community to participate in protests over the weekend or speak out against the injustice. Tobias Harris, Jaylen Brown, Dennis Smith Jr., Malcolm Brogdon, and others participated in rallies across the country:
Respect! @KarlTowns know you goin through a lot bro! ✊🏾✊🏾💯💯 https://t.co/MEDHocxqyH
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 29, 2020
On Friday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — seen kneeling on Floyd's neck in video footage prior to his death — was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. An investigation is still ongoing regarding the three other officers.
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