Many big names in the NBA have taken a stand against social injustices and racism in America. Jaylen Brown — the star for the Boston Celtics — has been one of them. Brown has been very active in the days since the killing of George Floyd, as he has protested against racism, and has held others accountable. In fact, he just sent a powerful message to the city of Boston.
Jaylen Brown has become a star for the Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics selected Brown with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and he has proven to be an excellent selection by the Celtics.
After only averaging 6.6 points per game in his rookie season, Brown’s production jumped significantly in 2017-18. He averaged 14.5 points per game that year and 4.9 rebounds, and he helped lead the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics went toe-to-toe with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in that series too. The Cavaliers, however, ultimately won in seven games.
Brown was incredible during that playoff run, though. He averaged 18 points per game and 4.8 rebounds.
During the 2018-19 NBA season, Brown only averaged 13 points per game and 4.2 rebounds, but he has had a breakout year this season. Brown averaged 20.3 points per game and 6.4 rebounds in the regular season, and he has averaged 21 points per game and 7.6 rebounds in the playoffs so far. His play has helped lead the Celtics back to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brown is certainly proving that he has a bright future with the Celtics.
He has protested social injustice and racism
In May, when the entire country was protesting after the killing of George Floyd, Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta, which is right outside his hometown of Marietta, Georgia, according to NBA.com.
“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” Brown said, according to NBA.com. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.”
Additionally, when players were considering boycotting the rest of the NBA season after the shooting of Jacob Blake, Brown was a leading voice in the discussion.
“Jaylen Brown also asked them, ‘OK, if you guys leave here, are you just gonna leave and go chill and hang out with your families and lose that loneliness? Or are you going to be in the trenches? Are you going to be in the streets,'” ESPN’s Marc Spears said on SportsCenter, according to NBC Sports.
Now, Brown is sending a powerful message to the city of Boston.
Jaylen Brown calls for Boston to enact the George Floyd bill
In a recent press conference, Brown called for Boston to enact the George Floyd bill.
According to MassLive, the bill has passed the house and offers several suggestions for policing reform. It would also create a national registry to record data of complaints and any records of police misconduct.
“One thing I would like to see in Boston is the George Floyd bill enacted,” Brown said, according to MassLive. “Some things just need to be held accountable. And hopefully Boston can be a place where a tone is set and it can be transpired in other places and other cities that need it most. And I think Boston is doing a good job of moving in the right direction, but there are definitely some things that need to be changed.”
He also said: “It’s some companies, some organizations that need to be diversified, some opportunities that people of color can have that aren’t necessarily getting those chances, and just continue to move in the right direction.”
Brown also discussed the platform that NBA players have and how they can all influence their communities.
“We have influence and responsibility with our families and whatever neighborhood or city we came from,” Brown said, according to MassLive. “We can inspire people to get out and vote. We can inspire people to divert and focus their attention on certain areas. We’re not the cure for racism — no offense to anybody in the NBA, but I don’t think the cure for racism is going to come from this group, but we can always focus the attention and make sure we know, let people know that look up to us that this stuff is important, and that we care about it.”
Brown appears to really care about the city of Boston. He ultimately wants it to move in the right direction when it comes to racism and equality.
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