Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell says no matter how rich or famous you are as a Black man in America you never feel safe. Mitchell’s comments come in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times by a police officer.
The video of the Blake shooting went viral and Mitchell described as “disgusting” and “inexcusable”. “A lot of times where we say we don't feel safe, it doesn't matter how much money, it doesn't matter who you are," Mitchell said, per ESPN.
"The common excuse is, 'He shouldn't have walked away; he shouldn't have not listened to the cops.' He doesn't deserve to be shot in the back, shot seven times. That's inexcusable. The point of us coming down here was to create change, and I feel that we're doing a good job of that, but not good enough.
It's obviously not going to happen overnight, but it's disgusting."
Mitchell just wants police brutality and violence to end
Mitchell has been absolutely brilliant in these NBA playoffs but he has spoken several times about how he wants to see positive changes in society.
"I really don't know how else to describe it as an African American male," Mitchell added. "When does it stop? When do we feel comfortable? When do we feel safe? ... I just want this s--- to stop, to be completely honest with you."
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joined Mitchell in speaking against police brutality and violence as he also wondered when it will all stop. “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. We're the ones that we're denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear."
The killing of George Floyd led to protests across the nation. “It's amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back," Rivers said. "It's really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach.
I'm so often reminded of my color. It's just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better. "It's funny. We protest. They send riot guards. They send people in riot outfits. They go up to Michigan with guns. They're spitting on cops. Nothing happens."