By Ariel Plevan ‘23, Assistant Sports Editor
On Wednesday, January 6th, the Capitol was breached by a pro-Trump mob. Many basketball players shared their in censed views on the riot. The National Bas ketball Association (NBA) and many of its players have been active in the fight against racial inequality, and the events on Wednes day prompted many reactions amongst NBA players.
The players addressed what they perceive as a double standard between the events of the 6th and the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. Lakers all-star power forward Anthony Davis said: “When ‘Black Lives Matter’ was protesting, it was ‘Once the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ Well to my knowledge, if you take some thing you’re looting. In that case, for them to get escorted out the front door, it’s a slap in the face to us. It feels like we’re going backwards.” (Click the linked text for the full statement.) Davis has played an important part in the fight against racial inequality in America, using his platform as an NBA champion and superstar in the league to spread anti-racism. Over the summer in the NBA bubble, he threatened to boycott games if NBA governors did not fulfill their agreement to implement a number of social justice initiatives, such as promoting voting access and civic engagement.
In addition to Davis, Warriors big man Draymond Green said the following to the media at a Wednesday press conference: “They’re not f—— protesters, they f—- — terrorists.” (Click the linked text for the full statement.) Green, like Davis, has been active in the past on social justice issues.
Future NBA Hall of Fame Dwyane Wade also spoke his mind on Twitter, posting: “Black people get pulled over and don’t make it out alive. We can’t sleep in our own beds without being killed. We can’t jog without being killed. We can’t walk down the street with our hoodies up without being killed but they can do this???” (Click the linked text for the full statement.) As he responded to an image of the mob in the Capitol, he underlined the previously men tioned double standards.
These are just three of the many NBA players who were enraged by the events at the Capitol. The points made by Davis, Green, and Wade about double standards in the events at the Capitol were referenced in the tweets of many NBA players and other athletes in America and across the world.