The Celtics got a dramatic win Tuesday night, prevailing on the road 116-115 over the Trail Blazers.
Speaking to reporters after the game, star forward Jaylen Brown didn’t want to talk about the win. Brown was asked about the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by police and the controversial voting law recently passed in his home state of Georgia and wanted to talk about those things instead.
“The main events that have recently made headlines over the past week, last months, last years, and at this point we shouldn’t be pleading or persuading people to see things for what they are,” Brown said. “We know what this system is and we know what it’s capable of.”
Jaylen Brown: “I’ve got nothing basketball-wise to talk about.”
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Brown wanted to address those who might feel vulnerable after what happened to Wright and the law that was passed in his home state.
“If you’re watching this, listening, or tuning in, I just want you to know that your life has value, so much value, but they’re trying so hard to make you feel otherwise,” Brown said. “My life has value. My life has value before I played for the Celtics and it will long after.”
Brown has often been outspoken about social issues in the past. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, Brown drove from Boston to Atlanta to lead a peaceful protest. He was also named a “Bostonian of the Year” for his work as an activist in the community.
Brown, who also holds a leadership role with the NBA Players Association, called on everyone to stand up against what’s happening.
“At some point, you realize what you’re dealing with,” Brown said. “The power has and always will be with the people. We gotta stand up and fight, is the other solution that we have. That’s really all I got. See you guys later.”
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