Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving was happy that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges of the George Floyd murder. On Tuesday, the jury reached the verdict and Chauvin was found guilty on all chargers.
Irving also played on Tuesday night as he dropped 32 points to lead the Nets past the New Orleans Pelicans 134-129. "We have a long way to go as a country. Obviously there's some progress being made in conversations being had and justice being served.
But we still have a long way to go. It's a great time to reflect and see how far we've come in the last year with the verdict and the case. And unfortunately losing a life ... a few lives last year through police brutality.
There's violence out in the streets. So you just want to galvanize each other and be there for each other as human beings and continue to support justice being served," Irving said, per ESPN.
Lou Williams, CJ McCollum joined Irving and also commented on the verdict
"I'm happy for the Floyd family to have an opportunity to get some peace, some closure with that situation.
It was unfortunate how it went down. But today was a good day for African Americans and anybody else that has been a part of injustice that comes at the hands of police brutality and acts like that," Hawks guard Williams said.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers star guard McCollum said: "I am happy the family was able to get its proper due, obviously, with the guilty verdict. But his life is still not here, he is still not coming back. Obviously with the body cam and things of that nature, someone tweeted basically, 'We watched it in 4K and it still felt like a 16-seed beating a 1-seed in order for it to be a guilty verdict,' and I don't think it should be like that at this point in my life, especially here in America.
... I think there is a lot of change that needs to be done. In terms of law enforcement, I think the George Floyd bill should be passed. I think we are taking steps in the right direction, but we have a long, long ways to go as a society, especially when it comes to law enforcement, and how the Black and Brown people have been treated historically."