Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray says he is sick of seeing all the social injustice happening on a daily basis in the United States and he wants to see positive changes. "My skin color should not determine whether I live or die," Murray said, per ESPN.
"This is a human civil rights crisis that is going on. The amount of injustice that's been happening, over and over, so repetitively, done in a way, inhumane, [it's] very emotional." After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, players and the NBA agreed on continuing the season but the league and owners promised even more action in supporting players in their push for social justice.
After the league resumed, Murray placed shows with the likenesses of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd on them in front of the camera. "I just wanted it to resonate with you guys and anybody else that is watching," Murray later explained when asked about the shoes.
"How long was that? Two minutes? One person on that shoe had a knee on the neck for eight [minutes] ... it doesn't take me, a 23-year-old, to recognize that's not right and that should be in everybody's mind.
"If you don't see it that way, then there's a problem with you. I just want to let that sit. That was only two minutes ... only a quarter of a time that somebody had a knee on their neck ... he was a father, and a son, and a brother.
It's tough when you really let it sink in your mind and replay it over and over in your head."
Murray praises Jimmy Butler move
The NBA allowed players to put social justice messages on the back of their jerseys for the NBA season restart in Orlando.
But Miami Heat star Butler went a step further as he wanted to send a strong message. "Jimmy Butler did one thing, he took his name off of his jersey," Murray said of Butler. "I think that was so powerful. Because if he is just another Black man, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Could be homeless, could be walking on the street, you would never know. "And when somebody hurts, you don't really see it. The mental side of this is a really big factor. How you think about, how you see things, how you look at somebody. The color of my skin should not determine whether I live or die."