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Bill Russell takes a knee for Stephon Clark: ‘Things have to change’ (pic)

NBA icon and longtime social issue activist Bill Russell took to Twitter to make a stand for Stephon Clark by taking a knee.

Clark, 22, was unarmed when killed by police in his grandmother’s Sacramento, Calif., backyard earlier this month. The incident has inspired protests, including one that delayed a Kings game last week as fans were unable to enter entering Golden 1 Center. Protests also occurred around the arena prior to a game earlier this week that started at its scheduled time, although the Kings closed the doors at Tuesday’s game to “maintain guest safety.”

Russell, who was the first African-American head coach in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and later coached the Kings, tweeted out images of himself taking a knee and added commentary about the Clark situation.

Russell last September tweeted out the same image as a show of solidarity with NFL players who were taking a knee during the national anthem.

As the Clark situation relates to the hometown Kings, team owner Vivek Ranadive addressed the sparse crowd in attendance at a game last week.

The Kings also produced a video about the incident.

The Kings and the visiting Boston Celtics also wore shirts ahead of Sunday’s game as a show of support and solidarity.

The Kings have since partnered with the Build.Black organization and Black Lives Matter in response to the Clark incident.