The vigil was organized to honor the memory of George Floyd, who died in police custody last week, and to take steps to help the community heal as violence continues to erupt across the country. Also in attendance were Dallas police chief Reneé Hall and Dallas mayor Eric Johnson.
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“This is our community; our country,” Cuban told The News. “Both are hurting. I wanted to be here to listen. To understand better the pain the African American community is going through. And to show that the Mavs organization will be here to help.”
Powell, the longest tenured player of the group with the Mavs, said he believed it was important for the Mavericks to be a part of the gathering:
“I think it’s important for anybody who cares about justice and the things that are going on in this city and the things that have been going on in this country for a long time,” Powell said, when asked why he came.
“It’s important to be a part of the conversation,” he added. “I think Mark has done a great job, in his leadership of us and showing us that we have a voice. To be able to be here and hear the voice of the community — share their opinions and thoughts and feelings — it was very important for us to be here today.”
The Mavericks group was among the many players attending gatherings and protests this weekend in the wake of Floyd’s death. Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. were all in attendance at various protests.
The strong majority of NBA teams have also released statements condemning Floyd’s death and the systemic racism it reflects, including the Mavericks.
We will NOT stand for injustice, inequity, and disparity. pic.twitter.com/DfvHRvPiJE— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) June 1, 2020
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