George Floyd’s death made Ben Simmons, Allen Iverson, join NBA players and speak up

Many people stand and speak out against social injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Monday.

As objections were taking place across the nation, Friday night, two prominent Sixers figures exercised to social media to communicate messages.

The team’s current point guard, Ben Simmons, put out a short comment on Twitter.

 

 

Hall of Famer Allen Iverson’s message was shorter but no less powerful.

 

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin bowed on his neck while Floyd was handcuffed. The conflict was caught on video by a witness. Chauvin was arrested Friday afternoon and assaulted with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four officers that were on the scene were fired.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who knew Floyd personally while growing up in Texas, spoke as part of the protests in Minneapolis.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, a little over a month after losing his mother Jacqueline to COVID-19, also stood in solidarity with Jackson.