Danny Ainge reflects on talk with Celtics players after George Floyd's death


The Boston Celtics are presenting unified front amid the wave of protests that have followed George Floyd's death.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted Wednesday night that he had a positive phone conversation with his team that led him to observe how proud he is of his players.

Ainge tagged Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye, Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward in the tweet, which included the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.

The Celtics have actively participated in protests to demand an end to racial injustice and police brutality after a Minneapolis police officer murdered Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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Brown drove 15 hours to his home state of Georgia last weekend to help lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta,  while Smart, Kanter and Vincent Poirier joined a protest in Boston on Sunday.

Tatum, Ojeleye, Walker and Hayward all have been active on social media calling attention to racial inequality and standing in solidarity with their teammates.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has supported his players' activism, as well, expressing that support in a letter he gave to the players last week.

It appears Ainge also has communicated with his players as the C's continue to show cohesion and unity during a divisive time in America.