Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown admits he is skeptical NBA owners will back up their pledges to support NBA players in their push for social justice. Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take on the court for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first round NBA playoffs against the Orlando Magic.
Soon the rest of the NBA games for the were canceled as NBA players were distributed following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Players were ready to boycott the rest of the season but eventually they stroke a deal with the league and owners and decided to continue the season.
"I'm not sure," Brown said, per ESPN. "I can't speak for everybody. I can only speak for myself, and I am not sure. I'm not as confident as I would like to be, I'll say that. "I think promises are made year after year.
We've heard a lot of these terms and words before. We heard them in 2014 -- reform. We're still hearing them now. A lot of them are just reshaping the same ideas and nothing is actually taking place. Long-term goals are one thing, but I think there's stuff in our wheelhouse as athletes with our resources and the people that we're connected to that short-term effect is possible as well."
Brown wants to see actual changes happening
Brown says he is tired of hearing that changes will happen as he wants to see them happening and actual action taking place. "Everybody keeps saying, 'Change is going to take this, change is going to take that.'
That's the incrementalism idea that keeps stringing you along to make you feel like something's going to happen, something's going to happen. People were dying in 2014, and it's 2020 and people are still dying the same way.
They keep saying 'reform, reform, reform,' and ain't nothing being reformed. I'm not as confident as I would like to be." Brown then praised the NBA for allowing them to wear social justice messages in the bubble.
"I think the NBA did a good job initially about putting Black Lives Matter on the court, our jerseys have a message behind them, TV timeouts, we've done numerous amounts of videos, and it's still not enough," Brown said. "People are still getting killed in the street, and the climate of America is still the same."