On Monday night, Golf Channel's Damon Hack will host two roundtables with athletes and former athletes for a conversation on race and sports in America. The show airs 5pm Monday on NBC Sports Northwest, as well as NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel.
Among the topics discussed are: The conversations they've had with family in the last few months, what they hope things will be like in a year's time, the level of optimism vs. pessimism and their experiences.
The full list of athletes who participated in the "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" roundtables:
• Charles Barkley – 1992 and 1996 Olympic basketball champion
• James Blake – 10-time ATP tennis champion, 2008 Olympian
• Stephen Curry – two-time NBA MVP, two-time FIBA world champion
• Troy Mullins – World Long Drive competitor
• Anthony Lynn – Los Angeles Chargers head coach
• Jimmy Rollins – World Series champion shortstop
• Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings tight end
• Ozzie Smith – Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
Additionally, Hack was joined by Super Bowl champion running back Jerome Bettis for an extended interview that will be published on NBC Sports' digital and podcast platforms.
The Black Lives Matter movement reached a crescendo in late May, when a police officer knelt on the neck of a Minneapolis man named George Floyd for eight minutes and 46 seconds, suffocating him while knowingly being recorded. The murder, which followed the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbary, set off weeks of riots and has led to two months of protest across the country and around the world.
"This crap started 400 years ago," Barkley said during the conversation. "We can't do nothing about that. We can't do anything about systematic racism. What I challenge every Black person, every white person to do: What can I do today going forward?
"You have to ask yourself, I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Because if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."
"We have to continue to double down and double down and keep people accountable in all walks of life, all industries, all forms of leadership, the judicial system, all those type of things," Curry said. "And hopefully for my kids' generation, their kids, we will see change. I'm hopeful and optimistic about, but I understand how much work will need to go into that."
Race and Sports in America: Conversations airs Mon., July 13 on NBCSNW, NBCSN, Golf Channel and the Olympic Channel at 5 p.m. PT.
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