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Emotional Clippers coach Doc Rivers makes a case for change after the police shooting of Jacob Blake

In lieu of his team’s upcoming playoff game against Dallas on Tuesday night, an emotional Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was admittedly consumed by Sunday’s police footage of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country doesn’t love us anymore,” said Rivers, a 58-year-old black son of an Illinois cop. ‘It’s really so sad. I should just be a coach.

‘I am so often reminded of my color. It’s just really sad. We have to do better. But we must demand better. ‘

According to Blake family lawyer, the 29-year-old father of three is paralyzed from the waist down and needs 'a miracle' to walk again

In lieu of his team's upcoming playoff game against Dallas on Tuesday night, an emotional Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (pictured) was admittedly consumed by Sunday's shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In lieu of his team's upcoming playoff game against Dallas on Tuesday night, an emotional Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (pictured) was admittedly consumed by Sunday's shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Emotional Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers (right) was admittedly consumed by Sunday’s police footage of African-American man Jacob Blake (left) in Kenosha, Wisconsin. When Kenosha police responded to a domestic trouble call, police shot Blake seven times in the back on Sunday as he tried to access a vehicle where his three sons were. The incident was not captured on police cameras, which were not in use, but by an eyewitness cell phone. The video of the incident quickly went viral, sparking protests in Wisconsin, where Rivers played collegiate with Marquette

Doc Rivers received support on Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell's Twitter account

Doc Rivers received support on Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell's Twitter account

Doc Rivers received support on Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell’s Twitter account

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, a rival to the Clippers, also expressed support for Rivers

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, a rival to the Clippers, also expressed support for Rivers

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, a rival of Clippers, also expressed support for Rivers

When Kenosha police responded to a domestic trouble call, police shot Blake seven times in the back on Sunday as he tried to access a vehicle where his three sons were. The incident was not captured on police cameras, which were not in use, but by an eyewitness cell phone. The video of the incident quickly went viral, sparking protests in Kenosha, not far from where Rivers played collegiate in Marquette.

According to the Blake family’s lawyer, the 29-year-old father of three is paralyzed from the waist down and needs “a miracle” to walk again.

“When you watch that video, you don’t have to be black to be furious,” Rivers said. “You have to be American and furious.”

The Blake shooting took place three months after another unarmed black man, George Floyd, was murdered by Minneapolis police in a violent arrest for allegedly using a false account.

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a family lawyer

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a family lawyer

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to a family lawyer

As a competition, the NBA decided to use its platform to tackle social justice and protest racism in response to the police killings of Floyd and Breonna Taylor, an African-American EMT who was shot and killed in a botched raid in March by the Louisville Police Department.

Since the NBA returned from the coronavirus hiatus near Orlando last month, players and coaches kneel in protest during the national anthem, ‘Black Lives Matter’ has appeared on court and the jerseys have been adorned with social justice terms like “equality.”

Again, Rivers and the rest of the predominantly black league face national issues of race and justice, but this time it takes place at this week’s virtual convention of the Republican Party – an event that troubles the Clippers’ head coach.

“What strikes me is just looking at the Republican convention and seeing this fear, right?” Rivers asked. “All you hear is Donald Trump and they all talk about fear. We are the ones to be killed.

‘We are being shot. We are the ones who are not allowed to live in certain communities. We’ve been hanged, shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. ‘

As comedian and Trump critic Tom Arnold noted, Rivers’ response to the Jacob Blake shooting also served as a response to the ongoing Republican National Convention. “What strikes me is just looking at the Republican convention and seeing this fear, right?” Rivers asked Tuesday. “All you hear is Donald Trump and they all talk about fear. We are the ones to be killed. ‘We are being shot. We are the ones who are not allowed to live in certain communities. We’ve been hanged, shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear ‘

To make his point clear, Rivers referred to the Lansing, Michigan protests last April, when an armed, seemingly all-white militia stormed the capital to demonstrate against COVID-19 lockdown measures.

“It’s funny,” Rivers continued. ‘We [African Americans] protest. They send riot guards. They send people in riot suits.

‘They [militia members] take guns to Michigan. They spit on cops. Nothing happens. ‘

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown says it has been difficult to be sidelined in the NBA bubble, while such an important moment for civil rights in the US is unfolding on the streets.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown says it has been difficult to be sidelined in the NBA bubble, while such an important moment for civil rights in the US is unfolding on the streets.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown says it has been difficult to be sidelined in the NBA bubble, while such an important moment for civil rights in the US is unfolding on the streets.

For Rivers, whose father worked at a police station outside his native Chicago, the change must begin at the academy.

“Police training needs to change,” Rivers continued. ‘The unions at the police have to be broken down. My father was a cop. I believe in good police. We’re not trying to defund the police and take all of their money. We try to get them to protect us, just as they protect everyone. ‘

The Clippers flew to a 154-111 victory over the Mavericks in the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando to take a 3-2 lead in their first round.

Between Rivers’ comments before and after the game, his emotional pleas for change went viral and caught the attention of Boston Celtics and civil rights activist Bill Russell.

Thank you @DocRivers for your words of wisdom and for keeping this on the forefront. Proud to see the guys in the bubble use their voices to bring about real change! read a tweet from 86-year-old Russell’s account.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, a rival to the Clippers, also expressed support from outside the NBA bubble.

‘Proud to know you @DocRivers,’ Curry tweeted. Sometimes we don’t know what to say every time this pain happens. We need change! There is so much truth in every word of this. You all wake up. ‘

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse stressed that many NBA players can empathize with Blake. `` You wouldn't believe how many of our players have been in this situation with law enforcement officers, guns to their heads, '' said Nurse in a Sportsnet podcast

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse stressed that many NBA players can empathize with Blake. `` You wouldn't believe how many of our players have been in this situation with law enforcement officers, guns to their heads, '' said Nurse in a Sportsnet podcast

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse stressed that many NBA players can empathize with Blake. “ You wouldn’t believe how many of our players have been in this situation with law enforcement officers, guns to their heads, ” said Nurse in a Sportsnet podcast

Many NBA players in the bubble have expressed frustration about being sidelined for civil rights during this important moment.

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse stressed that many NBA players can empathize with Blake.

“You wouldn’t believe how many of our players have been in this situation with law enforcement officers, guns to their heads,” Nurse said in a Sportsnet podcast.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown previously protested in Atlanta before the NBA season resumed in Florida, and now says he feels somewhat helpless in the league bubble.

“ I think the NBA has done a great job at first in giving us some kind of platform to talk about certain things and things like that, but … I feel like things are slowing down now that the playoffs have started , ‘Brown said.

‘Things have more or less declined. I’m curious to see what creative ways people have set their sights on continuing to stimulate these conversations and make me more comfortable playing basketball in the midst of a lot of things that are going on. ‘

His teammate Marcus Smart agreed.

“I understand it’s the playoffs and all, but we still have a bigger problem, an underlying problem that’s going on and the things we tried haven’t worked,” Smart told reporters. “So we definitely need to take a different approach and try new things to try and make this thing work the way we know it should and make our voices heard even more.”

The Clippers flew to a 154-111 victory over the Mavericks in the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando to take a 3-2 lead in their first round series

The Clippers flew to a 154-111 victory over the Mavericks in the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando to take a 3-2 lead in their first round series

The Clippers flew to a 154-111 victory over the Mavericks in the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando to take a 3-2 lead in their first round series

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