Celtics participate in PSA to protest police brutality

Celtics participate in PSA to protest police brutality

Over the weekend, millions of people marched in cities across the country to call for gun-control legislation. The Celtics rallied for a similar cause. 

Some Celtics players filmed a 30-second public service announcement with the Kings about police shootings of unarmed black men, which played in the arena during the first quarter of Sunday’s game in Sacramento. The two teams were addressing the death of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American who police shot to death last week in the backyard of his home. 

Three days earlier, hundreds of protesters blocked the entrance to the Kings game. 

Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, Shane Larkin, Greg Monroe and Semi Ojeleye took part in the video.

“We will not shut up and dribble,” Horford said, referencing recent criticisms from Fox News host Laura Ingraham about socially outspoken athletes. 

In warmups, the Celtics and Kings wore shirts that read “Accountability. We Are One.” and “#StephonClark.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens also spoke about the weekend’s gun-control protests before tip-off.

“It’s amazing how every generation gets a little bit better,” he told reporters, per the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “One of the things I’ve always said, especially about millennials and younger is not only how creative, smart and thoughtful they are, but how inclusive and how go-getting they are. … It’s pretty special to watch their leadership. I’m honored to follow them.” 

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