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by: Esteban On  Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Protestors across America have taken to the streets over the past couple of weeks to express their frustration with the legal system in the wake of non-indictments for the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Of course, these two situations are not the same. The circumstances surrounding Brown’s death in Ferguson are very much debatable given the numerous conflicting accounts of what happened. So you didn’t see too many athletes making bold statements. A few members of the St. Louis Rams did the “hands up don’t shoot” gesture two weeks ago, but that was about it.

The Eric Garner case is different. There is no debating the circumstances surrounding his death on Staten Island because the whole thing was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. The man was not threatening the police, and he shouted “I can’t breath” over and over again until he lost consciousness and died. Speaking out against the non-indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo is therefore a lot less controversial. So we’re starting to see this a lot.

On Saturday Derrick Rose did it. Then on Sunday at least three NFL players did it. And on Monday in Brooklyn, at least six more NBA players did it—including LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack, and Alan Alderson.

Of course the NBA, like all pro sports leagues, has strict rules about uniforms and on-court attire. When the Rams players did the “hands up don’t shoot” gesture, they didn’t violate any concrete rules. However, the “I can’t breath” t-shirts clearly do. So what does commissioner Adam Silver think of this?

Obviously, he’s trying to walk the line here. If I were him, I’d fine every player who wears an “I can’t breath” t-shirt $5,000 each time and donate the money to some charity or outreach organization. Win-win.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]



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