On behalf of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, James Cadogan, Executive Director of the Coalition, issued the following statement:
“Almost exactly a year ago, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. Like millions of people around the world, NBA players, coaches, governors, officials and employees in all of our organizations have been outraged at see the horrific and illegal actions of the officer. who pinned Mr. Floyd’s neck to the ground below his knee for 9 minutes. Mr. Floyd’s death added new fuel to the protests, marches and urgent appeals to racial justice and reform at the local and national levels.
“Today, as this painful anniversary approaches, we have the opportunity to honor the memory of Mr. Floyd and others who were victims of police brutality in this country by passing the George Floyd Law on justice in police services. Systemic problems require systemic solutions. And, because police actions are governed by a wide array of state laws and local policies, the Floyd Act makes unprecedented strides toward reforming federal consistency of practices that have failed its namesake.
The bill has already passed by a bipartisan vote in the United States House of Representatives and is currently on hold in the Senate, where we hope it receives the same bipartisan support as it should and should. As members of the Board of Directors of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, representing the NBA, the Players Association, the Coaches Association, league staff and teams in all regions of the country, we are calling our elected representatives from both sides to work together to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the US Senate now and present it to President Biden for signing this year.
“As members of the NBA family, we will continue to use our influence to support common sense political reform in our communities across the country so that equal justice is afforded to all.”
National Coalition for Basketball Social Justice
Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers)
Avery Bradley (Houston Rockets)
Sterling Brown (Houston Rockets)
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Towns of Karl-Anthony (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Micky Arison (Managing Partner of Miami Heat)
Steve Ballmer (President of LA Clippers)
Clay Bennett (President of Oklahoma City Thunder)
Marc Lasry (Governor of the Milwaukee Bucks)
Vivek Ranadivé (Governor and President of the Sacramento Kings)
Coach Lloyd Pierce
Coach Doc Rivers (Philadelphia 76ers)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum
In 2020, the NBA and NBPA formed the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition, an organization that leads the collaborative efforts of the NBA family to address racial and social inequalities by advocating for policy change at the national, state and local.