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Joining the list of athletes speaking out against the lack of an indictment following the death of Eric Garner are LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James and Irving made sure to make their statement where the death occurred, in New York. They were wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, before last night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. “I Can’t Breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was choked to death by a New York City police officer.
Members of the Nets team, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack and Alan Anderson, were also wearing the shirt, and took a photo wearing them with rap mogul Jay Z, who was also in attendance at the game.
The first NBA player to participate in this type of silent protest over the lack of indictment was Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, who wore the shirt to a game earlier this week. James had commented on social media after seeing the picture that he was trying to get himself an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt as well.
@JeremySchaap All these athletes are doing is proving how far we HAVEN’T come in race relations.
— Korey L Seering (@KLSeering) December 9, 2014