Celtics' Jaylen Brown Drives to Atlanta to Help Lead Peaceful Protests

Scott McLaughlin
May 30, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Jaylen Brown tweeted on Friday, "Strong people stand up for themselves stronger people stand up for others," and said he would be peacefully protesting on Saturday.

Not only did the fourth-year Celtic do just that, but he drove 15 hours from Boston to his hometown of Atlanta and helped organize said protests.

Protests are being held in cities all over the country in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died on Monday when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, including nearly three full minutes after Floyd became unresponsive.

Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other police officers who either helped Chauvin hold Floyd down or looked on as he did -- Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng -- were fired, but have not yet been charged. Hennepin County attorney Michael O. Freeman said he anticipates charges will be brought against those three.

"Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn't exclude me from no conversation at all," Brown said in an Instagram video. "First and foremost I'm a black man and a member of this community and I grew up on this soil. I want to say first and foremost that it's a peaceful protest. We're walking and that's it, raising awareness for some of the injustice we're seeing. It's not OK. As a young person, you gotta listen to our perspectives. Our voices need to be heard. I'm 23 years old. I don't know all the answers, but I feel how everybody is feeling for sure. No question."

"I got a grandfather that marched next to Dr. King in the '60s," Brogdon said. "He was amazing. He would be proud to see us all here. We got to keep pushing forward. Jaylen, man, has led this charge. I’m proud of him. We need more leaders. We need more people speaking."

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