Updated: Sunday, 1:45 p.m.
Sixers forward Tobias Harris was among those protesting in Philadelphia on Saturday after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.
Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was killed Monday while in police custody. Video showed Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck, for more than 8 minutes. His death has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the country. Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers on the scene, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were fired but have not been charged.
Harris showed himself on social media with the crowd protesting around City Hall and the Museum of Art. Teammate Mike Scott was “there in spirit.”
You best believe I am!!! Unity... ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 https://t.co/K1iG4XKDIH— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) May 30, 2020
Scott on Friday had voiced his disagreement with an Associated Press tweet on Chauvin’s arrest that didn’t directly characterize Chauvin’s actions as murder.
Y’all spelled Murder wrong fools https://t.co/NkXX5IKjuT— Mike Scott (@mikescott) May 29, 2020
Other prominent figures within the Sixers and NBA have also spoken out in recent days. In a series of tweets Friday night, Ben Simmons advocated for “calling out the uncomfortable subject of blatant racism that exists heavily within our society.”
Josh Richardson on Friday had responded to tweets by President Donald Trump in which Trump referred to protestors as “thugs,” raised the possibility of bringing the National Guard into Minnesota to “get the job done right” and threatened “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
... Did the president call black ppl thugs in all caps today or am i reading this incorrectly— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) May 29, 2020
Ok ok so on another note... did he say that they about to start shooting american CITIZENS🤔— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) May 29, 2020
The Sixers on Sunday afternoon released the following statement:
A statement from the Philadelphia 76ers. pic.twitter.com/saDLjPDoF4— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 31, 2020
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