NBA mourns the death of Tire Nichols and demands justice
The Angels. Five games were played this Friday in the NBA, with some outstanding duels such as the one between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies, but sports news was left in the background due to the many voices within the league that lamented the death of Tire Nichols and demanded Justice.
On Friday, the video of the beating that several Memphis police officers inflicted earlier this month on the African-American Tire Nichols, who died days later in the hospital, was released.
The five officers, also African-American, are being held on criminal charges including second-degree murder.
The Grizzlies released a statement tagged #JusticeForTyre, mourning “the loss of life due to police brutality.”
“To the Nichols family, my colleagues and I have been paying attention. We stand with you,” Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies tweeted.
“To Memphis, we are also hurt. Peaceful protests, supporting the family and demanding accountability is what is needed at this time,” he added.
The NBA released its own statement describing the death video as “horrifying.”
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Nichols, the entire Memphis community, and all those affected by these tragic images and loss,” he added.
“Change is needed at all levels and we all need to do our part. We cannot lose our humanity as a society,” Chris Paul, one of the most respected voices in the league, posted on Twitter.
“To the Nichols family and the Memphis community, my heart goes out to you tonight,” added the veteran Phoenix Suns point guard.