Portland Trail Blazers swingman Carmelo Anthony reveals he was having a hard time watching the full video of George Floyd being murdered by a Minneapolis cop but his wife insisted that he had to watch it until the end. The death of George Floyd -- who was murdered by ex police officer Derek Chauvin -- has led to African-American people standing up for their rights and protesting for social justice.
"I was in Portland with the fam. I remember watching it, but I couldn’t finish the whole video," Anthony told The Undefeated. "And my wife was like, ‘You got to watch it till the end.’ At that point, you hear stuff.
It was just so much going on at that point. And I was like, ‘Man, another one? Something else happened? Damn, another one?’ Then that’s all I was hearing. But when I finally watched it, I had the same feeling that I had when I saw the Freddie Gray video.
And that was close to home. I had that same feeling when I saw him, like, ‘Enough is enough. It’s time to go. It’s time to make a change. It’s time to be heard.’"
Anthony has decided which social justice message will be on the back of his jersey
The NBA has approved players to wear social justice messages on the back of their jerseys when the NBA season restarts in Orlando and Anthony will be one of the players who will use that option.
"I put two. It was either ‘Peace’ or ‘Freedom.’ I wish I could have done something else, put something else on there. But, I’m trying to put something that means something to me. That way I can be able to speak on why I got ‘Peace’ on the back of my jersey," Anthony said.
When asked to elaborate why those two social justice messages, 2013 NBA Scoring Champion Anthony elaborated: "For freedom, in general, that’s the end-all, be-all. That’s what we want. That’s what we really want.
We’ve been fighting for that for so many years. We’re still fighting for it. We will continue to fight for freedom. So, we got to continue preaching that message. "I was playing off of peace with the double zero [jersey number].
And the reason why I picked double zero is it being kind of an infinite number. The message for me would be, ‘We want infinite peace or we don’t want none at all.’ It’s all or nothing for us right now.
We are going to find a way to get it, and we want infinite freedom, or nothing. And at the end of the day, we will keep fighting for that."