dangolka (CBS) — Younger Celtics star Jaylen Brown has been a frontrunner within the locker and outdoors of it this yr as an outspoken advocate for Black lives and racial justice in America.
Regardless of his involvement and activism, the 23-year-old had low expectations for the grand jury determination in Kentucky, relating to the dying of Breonna Taylor by the hands of police.
“I imply, it’s powerful. To be trustworthy, I wasn’t stunned by the decision,” Brown stated Wednesday night time after the Celtics’ loss to the Warmth. “It’s powerful. It’s powerful. It’s exhausting to assemble the phrases, however I wasn’t stunned. I believe that this society, the best way it was constructed, and the best way … intentions was to by no means shield and serve individuals of colour initially. So after they had been gearing up for what was about to occur, I knew that the incorrect determination was most likely being made. However it doesn’t shock me. It doesn’t shock me in any respect.”
The grand jury in Kentucky determined to file expenses towards simply one of many three concerned officers. The cost was for “wanton endangerment,” and that cost didn’t apply to Taylor, who was shot and killed by police.
“To have 15 rounds of gun hearth fired, 5 of which hit her, and there to be wanton endangerment — which I didn’t know existed earlier than right this moment — because the cost. Yeah, I imply, it’s powerful,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens stated previous to Sport 4.
Fellow younger Celtics star Jayson Tatum shared feelings according to Brown’s after the sport.
“It’s irritating,” Tatum stated. “I type of felt like we knew what was going to occur, then nonetheless when it occurs, it’s unhappy. It’s irritating. It’s been 194 days. There’s nonetheless no justice. Nonetheless having to struggle for a similar factor. It’s only a lot to course of. It was a tricky day, a tricky day for all of us.”
Kemba Walker, the Celtics’ veteran star, stated that he continues to really feel for Taylor’s household.
“I can’t wrap my head round it, to be trustworthy,” Walker stated. “I’m type of puzzled to be trustworthy with you. It’s a extremely unhappy state of affairs. I simply actually really feel dangerous for her and her household. They undoubtedly deserve extra. They deserve justice; it didn’t occur. However we as a individuals, we now have to face robust with them, assist them as greatest as we will. I want the very best for that household.”
Brown stated it was tough to get “emotionally prepared” for the Celtics’ essential Sport Four vs. Miami simply hours after the choice was introduced, as he expressed dismay that comparable conditions will certainly proceed to play out throughout America till the system is modified.
“Till we dismantle, recreate or change this technique that we now have, it’s going to proceed to have victims — like Breonna Taylor and others — that fall sufferer to oppression,” Brown stated.