Celtics release statement on racial tension

Celtics release statement on racial tension

As protests unfolded in the streets of Boston Sunday night, the Celtics organization released the following statement:

"Like many others across the country, the heartbreaking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with other recent events, have left the entire Celtics organization struggling with grief and anger.

During a time in which the phrase “new normal” has often been used as our nation has struggled with the devastation of a pandemic, we imagine and hope for a “new normal” where every citizen is afforded the same rights, has the same opportunities, receives the same treatment, and can peacefully enjoy every freedom promised to all of us.

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The Boston Celtics have always stood for the ideals of equality, understanding, and respect. We can’t simply hope and pray for these things, we need to lead through our actions. We stand with our players, employees, partners, and fans in being committed to championing the change we need. We need to be honest about confronting racism and abuse of power. We can and must demand equality for everyone. We can and will respond by committing to being part of the solution."

Celtics players Enes Kanter and Marcus Smart participated in Sunday’s protests in Boston, while Jaylon Brown traveled to Georgia Saturday to participate in the protests staged in Atlanta.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s staffers Sunday night to address the latest racial tensions in the country, sparked most recently by the death last week of a black man who was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

Silver told staff in the memo that he spent the weekend watching the coverage of protests around the country, adding that he was “heartened by the many members of the NBA and WNBA family ... speaking out to demand justice."