‘We’ll just keep doing our small part’: Here’s what the Celtics said about Derek Chauvin’s conviction

"It is a good sign of accountability, but there's also a lot more to do."

Brad Stevens acknowledged how much still needs to be done after Derek Chauvin's conviction.
Brad Stevens acknowledged how much still needs to be done after Derek Chauvin's conviction. –AP Photo/Aaron Gash

On Tuesday, much of the sports world reacted strongly to Derek Chauvin’s conviction on three counts, including third degree murder, in the death of George Floyd last May.

The Celtics released a statement that evening, saying they were “grateful.”

“However, we know that today’s justice served is not to be taken for granted, and the Celtics remain steadfast in our commitment to advocating for racial equity and social justice,” the team wrote.

On Wednesday, speaking to the media via Zoom after practice, Brad Stevens reiterated that while Chauvin’s conviction represents a positive step, many more steps are required.

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“Obviously I’m very happy with the verdict,” Stevens said. “I think everybody is. I tend to agree with everyone that says that it is a good sign of accountability, but there’s also a lot more to do, and I think the next big emphasis from that regard has got to be the George Floyd bill passing through the Senate.

“So we’re all hopeful of that. We certainly will continue to do our part to talk about that and talk about the importance of it. I think yesterday felt like a step in a good direction, and at the same time very cognizant that there’s a lot to do, and I’m really proud to be part of a group and an organization that is trying to do it. We’ll just keep doing our small part, but yesterday was certainly encouraging.”

Jayson Tatum was asked about raising his son, Deuce, and having difficult discussions about the treatment of Black people by police.

“This is all new to me,” Tatum said. “The parenting thing and when to have those talks.”

Still, while Deuce is only three, Tatum knows the conversation will need to happen eventually.

“I understand how every time I left the house when I was in high school and things like that, my mom, all the things I didn’t realize that she had to worry about, just praying that I would make it home,” Tatum said. “Now I have my own son. I understand that feeling of just wanting him to be safe at all times. And you’ve heard the mantra: ‘Just make it home safe, you can worry about everything else after that.’

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“So I’m sure as he gets older and starts to understand the world around him, he’ll start to ask more questions, and we’ll have those type of talks.”

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