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NBA coach Gregg Popovich on police violence against blacks: "It'll make you sick"


Another black man was killed by police violence in the Minneapolis area. The major sports leagues canceled games in the city, NBA coach Gregg Popovich was appalled.

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NBA coach Gregg Popovich



Two coaches from the US basketball league NBA have shown themselves shaken by the death of another black in a police operation and called for social consequences.

“You just get sick of it.

How often does that have to happen? ”Asked Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs at KSAT TV on Monday (local time).

"His family mourns and his friends mourn and we just carry on as if nothing had happened."

On Sunday, the 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by the police in the US state of Minnesota during a traffic stop.

Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said he believed a female police officer accidentally fired a fatal shot.

Then games of the local professional teams in the NBA, the NHL ice hockey league and the MLB baseball league were canceled.

Wright's death must frustrate all Americans, said Doc Rivers, Philadelphia 76ers coach.

“We always hear this cancer culture stuff.

But we are eradicating black lives.

And that's a little more important from my point of view, "said the 59-year-old, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer."

"We have to improve our culture as a society."

"It could have easily happened to one of us"

"It could easily have hit one of us, a player, a staff member, everyone in the club," said Gersson Rosas, general manager of the Minnesota Twins from Major League Baseball (MLB) for Berlin's Max, in an ESPN radio interview Kepler plays.

The duel with the Boston Red Sox scheduled for Monday was canceled "out of respect for the tragic incident," according to the franchise.

The Minnesota Wild did not play against the St. Louis Blues in the NHL (ice hockey), the Minnesota Timberwolves did not play against the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA (basketball).

For the same reason as the Twins, for whom playing a game on Monday was suddenly “a little less important”.

However, the game against the Red Sox scheduled for Tuesday (local time) will take place.

After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, there were mass protests against police violence and racism in the USA for months.

Derek Chauvin had his knee pressed against Floyd's neck for minutes while he was on duty as a cop last year while Floyd said he couldn't breathe.

The case is currently underway.

ara / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

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