The Warriors were one of the first teams to issue a statement decrying racism and violence against the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last week.
On Thursday, Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber issued another statement, this time calling for everyone to pull together to improve race relations in America.
Statement from Joe Lacob & Peter Guber: pic.twitter.com/Hov7Lgojzr— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 4, 2020
"As chairmen of the Golden State Warriors organization and as citizens of our country and members of our community, we are resolute in our belief that our collective attitude and aptitude around race relations must be for real change now. The inequity and intolerance that permeates this society must stop! We are at a tipping point in our national race relations and we all must take the leadership responsibility for creating real and sustainable change. We all must align our feet, tongue, heart and wallet as the only way to accomplish this imperative. This is not a political issue, though it will require critical political action. It is a leadership issue and towards that end, we will be working with our players, coaches and the entire organization to make this pledge real. We will be accountable."
Warriors coach Steve Kerr and star point guard Steph Curry have been among the loudest voices calling for change, with Curry asking people outside the black community to speak out and get uncomfortable in order to enact change.
This call for action comes after Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Video of Floyd's death showed Floyd telling Chauvin and three other officers he couldn't breathe and asking Chauvin to let up. It was later announced Floyd died in transit to a nearby medical center.
After nationwide protests, Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He now also faces a charge of second-degree murder, and the other three officers were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.
Protests have continued across the country -- and around the world -- even after Chauvin's arrest, as citizens decry police brutality and the institutional racism that has plagued the United States since its inception.
This is a strong statement from Lacob and Guber, and it's important for teams and high-profile athletes to speak up and use their money and platform to drive change in this country.