Boston athletes stand up to racial injustice

With protests taking place all over the world following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Boston athletes have taken advantage of their down-time by getting out and letting their voices be heard.

Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to his hometown of Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest:

 

Enes Kanter was heavily involved in some of the Boston protests:

 

Patrice Bergeron made an incredibly impactful statement on the Bruins’ social media pages.  This is especially important coming from a guy who plays in a sport that’s 97% white:

 

Former Red Sox star Mookie Betts demands action in a heartfelt Instagram post:

 

Brad Stevens delivered a stern message on the Celtics social media pages:

 

Devin and Jason McCourty condemned Drew Brees’ kneeling comments:

They’ve also been vocal on their podcast “Double Coverage”, which is available on all platforms.

 

Zdeno Chara took part in Boston protests and shared a thoughtful sentiment on Instagram:

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For the last 13 days I have been sick about George Floyd’s murder. I have taken time to think and listen. Time to find bravery and time to try to find the right words, though I’ll admit I’m still struggling. First thing is first and let me be clear: I stand with the Black community. Black Lives Matter. There is no room in this world for racism. Period. Sure, I’ve dealt with my own share of adversity as an outsider living in this country but I recognize my challenges were not made harder, or impossible, because of the color of my skin. I will never know what it’s like to walk down a street and feel unsafe. No one should have to experience that feeling. We have to take better care of each other and respect each other. Equality must be a priority. Anything less is unacceptable. I learned a lot yesterday and had good, honest conversations. Not only did we take steps in a walk but we made strides in learning and educating together. But it doesn’t stop there. I will continue to stand – and walk – with you. I have your back. Zdeno Chara

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Former Celtic Aron Baynes gave a humble and honest depiction of his outside view on racism as a white man with privilege:

 

Plenty of athletes also took part in #BlackOutTuesday on social media, including Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Rob Gronkowski, Brad Marchand, and more. 

The absence of professional sports has given these guys more time to take a stand and put their words into action, and many of them are making sure they don’t miss that opportunity.

 

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