“Going into Orlando and leaving your family for a few months, that’s on my mind. Going into Orlando and leaving your family for a few months, that’s on my mind. How safe do you feel? That’s on my mind. Do you really want to be there?”
Brown’s players, of course, have gotten involved in their own ways since protests exploded around the country following George Floyd’s death.
Tobias Harris has been Philadelphia’s most outspoken player on matters of racial justice over the last month-plus, lending both his time to protests and his voice to related causes in the weeks since. Championed most prominently by injured Nets guard Kyrie Irving, a coalition of players have expressed reservation about playing in Orlando with protests still ongoing around the country, and with meaningful action still lacking on the subject of nationwide police reform.
In response, the NBA has agreed to help broadcast the message during games, with plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the court for all games in Walt Disney World and by allowing players to replace the names on the back of their jerseys with messaging related to social injustice.