As unrest continues to foment across the United States in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the National Basketball Coaches Association released a statement. Signed by every head coach and assistant coach in the league, the association, of which Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is the president, strongly condemns Floyd’s death and racial injustice in the country.
Their statement in full:
NEW YORK, June 1, 2020 – Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out the family of George Floyd.
As NBA coaches – both head and assistance coaches – we lead a group of men, most of whom are African American, and we see, hear and share their feelings of disgust, frustration, helplessness and anger.
The events of the past few weeks – police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable.
As a diverse group of leaders, we have the 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.
On Sunday, several members of the Mavericks attended a vigil for Floyd held outside of the Dallas Police Department headquarters, south of downtown. Owner Mark Cuban as well as players Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson, Maxi Kleber, and Dwight Powell were there.
Earlier that day, the Mavericks issued a statement saying, in part, “Rebounding takes a team effort and we will rebound together.”