Stephen Curry moved by Doc Rivers’ powerful comments on Jacob Blake shooting
Doc Rivers spoke powerfully and poignantly on Tuesday night about the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, Wisc., and Stephen Curry has since praised the Los Angeles Clippers head coach for his moving comments.
Rivers emotionally addressed the Blake situation — during which the unarmed Black man was shot seven times in the back by officers in front of his children — following the Clippers’ 154-111 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the teams’ first-round series.
Among the words spoken by Rivers, with his voice cracking at times, that resonated most was how he said of Black Americans and people of color: “It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.”
“We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.”— ESPN (@espn) August 26, 2020
Doc Rivers got emotional while talking about Jacob Blake being shot by police and social injustice. pic.twitter.com/qQI2Ld2DGI
Taking to Twitter after Rivers made his remarks, Curry tweeted how “proud” he is to have the honor of knowing the Clippers head coach.
Proud to know you @DocRivers. Sometimes we don’t know what to say every time this hurt happens. We Need Change! There is so much Truth in every Every word of this. Y’all wake up. https://t.co/PsK4FSnqzh— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 26, 2020
Rivers also took a moment during his emotional commentary to address Donald Trump’s place amid the ongoing civil unrest and outcry initially inspired by the death of George Floyd, as well as other recent acts of police misconduct.
“All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers said. “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot.”
Curry would likely agree with Rivers’ sentiments on the President given how he recently praised NBA players for getting under Trump’s skin with their acts of peaceful protest and demonstrations of unity against systemic racism and social injustice during the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Fla.
It merits noting that Rivers also reacted to Trump condemning NBA players for kneeling during the anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against racial injustice during the league’s return to play.
Expect Rivers to continue to speak out on such issues, as the 58-year-old head coach clearly believes silence can no longer be accepted.