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Basketball’s Elite Show Leadership and Love in Reactions to Charlottesville

This week was hard for me to get through. I couldn’t remain focused in light of all the horrible events that took place last Saturday in Charlottesville. I lost sleep, and I was baffled at how this could possibly be happening in 2017. I felt that it would be irreverent for me to continue on writing about the NBA in lieu of the incredibly serious, and sad situation we have happening in our nation at the moment. Then, I began looking up what some of the NBA athletes had to say about what happened, and I felt hopeful that we can fix this.

NBA athletes are known for showing leadership in their communities, and for taking action to give back. The NBA is also the most inclusive professional sports organization in the United States. Because of that, I’ve compiled a list of just a few quotes and tweets from NBA & WNBA players, coaches and executives this past week sending their support for unity, love and inclusion.

“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville (Virginia). I just want to speak on it right now. I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”

-LeBron James

“We’ve got to listen to Dr. King. There’s no way, with me being the head coach in the city of Memphis that I will sit on the sidelines and disgrace his legacy, my grandfather’s legacy, and let somebody destroy something that we built in America that I think can be exemplary.”

-David Fizdale Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach

 

https://twitter.com/Enes_Kanter/status/896385896156717057

https://twitter.com/Earl_Watson/status/896444843139911680

https://twitter.com/spidadmitchell/status/896435655642935300

Standing with you all in love and unity,

Ashley

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