National Basketball Coaches Association expresses ‘disgust, frustration’ over killing of George Floyd

National Basketball Coaches Association expresses ‘disgust, frustration’ over killing of George Floyd

The National Basketball Coaches Association on Monday expressed heartfelt condolences and prayers for the family of George Floyd, the 46-year-old man whose death in police custody on May 25 has sparked national unrest.

In a news release, the NBCA also shared its “feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger” about the latest high-profile killing of an unarmed black man by police.

A bystander shot video of Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, where then-officer Derek Chauvin was recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

According to ESPN, the coaching organization plans to establish a committee on racial injustice and reform to pursue solutions within NBA cities, starting with Monday’s denouncement of the Floyd killing in Minneapolis and the greater pattern of violence and intolerance toward African Americans. Clippers coach Doc Rivers reportedly will join the committee.

The NBCA’s statement included the signatures of 33 current and former head coaches and nearly 180 assistants, including Rivers and the Lakers’ Frank Vogel.

Several L.A. assistant coaches added their names to the list, including the Lakers’ Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy, Miles Simon, Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford, and the Clippers’ Sam Cassell, Jeremy Castleberry, Casey Hill, Armond Hill, Rex Kalamian, Tyronn Lue, Natalie Nakase, Brendan O’Connor and John Welch.

“The events of the past few weeks – police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable,” the NBCA statement read. “As a diverse group of leaders, we have a responsibility to stand up and speak out for those who don’t have a voice – and to stand up and speak out for those who don’t feel it is safe to do so.

“Witnessing the murder of George Floyd in cold blood and in broad daylight has traumatized our nation, but the reality is that African Americans are targeted and victimized on a daily basis.  As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage.

“We are committed to working in our NBA cities with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies to create positive change in our communities.  We have the power and platform to affect change, and we will use it.”

Susan Scott
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