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Jamal Murray gave his custom Breonna Taylor and George Floyd shoes the spotlight during his media time

Liz Roscher
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NBA players have been using their media time in the Orlando bubble to call attention to issues that are important to them, and that has only gotten more intense over the past week. Wednesday’s wildcat strike to protest systemic racism and police brutality after the police shooting of Jacob Blake made a huge impact, and the players are continuing to follow through on their promise to highlight vital and urgent issues.

Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets used his media time on Saturday to call attention to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was shot by police while sleeping in her bed, and George Floyd, whose murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police set off national protests in late May. Murray wanted to highlight the injustice of Taylor and Floyd’s deaths on Saturday.

He placed his custom Breonna Taylor and George Floyd shoes on his chair, and let them sit there for nearly two minutes before answering questions.

Murray later explained why he decided to do that.

Jaylen Brown speaks about Jacob Blake

Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics chose to speak about the shooting of Jacob Blake and the “criminalization of Black people” in the U.S. Blake was shot in the back by police seven times after attempting to break up a fight, and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

“I feel like there’s an interest in the criminalization of Black people in this country. Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times and he’s handcuffed to a bed right now, as a reminder. It’s a reminder to the nurses, it’s a reminder to his family, to the staff, as if being paralyzed wasn’t reminder enough. It doesn’t make sense, to be honest.”

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