Professional athletes have been voicing their opinions and concerns about racial injustice and police brutality in recent months.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris had one response for the Kentucky Attorney General during a media interview.
Tobias Harris has become an impactful player throughout his career
In 2011, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Harris with the 19th pick in the NBA draft. As a rookie, Harris did not receive much playing time with the Bucks. He played in 42 games averaging five points per contest. The next season he played 28 games for the Bucks and was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he finished out the 2012-13 season. During his time in Orlando, Harris improved his game a lot. He became a starter during his final two seasons, and he averaged 17.1 points per game during the 2014-15 season.
The Magic traded Harris to the Detroit Pistons during the 2015-16 season. Harris became one of the Pistons top players during his time in Detroit. In each of his three seasons playing in Detroit, he averaged over 16 points per game. Harris was on the move yet again, and this team he went out west to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. During the 2018-19 season, he played and started in 55 games for the Clippers averaging 20.9 points per game.
Harris was traded that season to the Philadelphia 76ers. When Harris joined the 76ers, he proved veteran leadership and scoring to help the team make a deep run in the playoffs. He played in 27 games during the regular season and averaged 18.2 points per game. The 76ers made it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2019 playoffs and took on the Toronto Raptors. In Game 7, the 76ers lost on a game-winner from Kawhi Leonard. Going into the 2019-20 season, the 76ers were focused on making another postseason run. Before the season was suspended, the 76ers had a 39-26 record and were sixth in the Eastern Conference. Harris was averaging 19.4 points through 65 games.
Tobias Harris speaking up about the death of Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, nearly five months ago. The officers that were responsible for killing Taylor have yet to be arrested. Harris still believes that something should be done about that, and he made it well aware in his recent interview with the media. He had a simple response to the people asking him questions. An article from www.si.com talked about what Harris’ response was to the media.
Harris was asked about the T-shirts with social justice messages that Russell Westbrook and the NBPA will be producing, and here’s what his response was, “Nothing against the T-shirts, but we want to make sure that Daniel Cameron will arrest the cops and officers involved with Breonna Taylor’s death. And that’s all I’ve got to say.” Daniel Cameron is the Kentucky Attorney General who has yet to make an arrest regarding the Taylor incident.
Tobias Harris is just one of many athletes speaking up for police brutality and racial injustice
During that media interview, another person tried to ask Harris a different question, and his response was, “That’s going to be my answer for every question. Daniel Cameron, step up. Do what’s right. That’s the only message I’ve got today. I appreciate everybody. Thanks.” Harris made it clear how he felt about the Taylor situation and used his platform to get his message across to many people.
He’s not the only athlete that is speaking out and using their platforms. Athletes from different sports are making their voices heard because they want to see change throughout the country. These athletes are no longer sitting back and staying silent, they are joining in and speaking, making their voices heard.