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WATCH: Clippers Coach Doc Rivers Delivers Tearful Speech on Jacob Blake Shooting


Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers gets emotional while discussing the shooting of Jacob Blake in a postgame presser

After Tuesday’s win against the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers became the latest NBA figure to react to the video of Jacob Blake’s shooting by police in Wisconsin, calling for police reform and the speaking out against police unions.

When asked for comment on the shooting of Blake, an unarmed Black man entering his car during a dispute with police, Rivers launched into an extended, passionate response about the state of policing in America and the appropriation of fear by the Republican party.

“We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back,” he said in tears.

Watch the entire speech below:

Below, a transcript of Rivers’ comments:

What stands out to me is just watching the Republican convention and viewing this fear, right? All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that are denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.

It’s really so sad. I should just be a coach and it’s so haunting, reminded of my color. It’s just really sad. We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to demand better. It’s funny, we protest and they send riot guards. They send people in riot outfits. They go to Michigan with guns and they’re spitting on cops and nothing happens. The training has to change in the police force. The unions have to be taken down in the police force. My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops. We’re not trying to defund the police and take all their money away. We’re trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else.

If you watch that video, you don’t need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American and outraged. How dare the Republicans talk about fear? We’re the ones that need to be scared. We’re the ones having to talk to every Black child. What white father has to give his son a talk about being careful if you get pulled over? It’s just ridiculous.

Breonna Taylor, no charges, nothing. All we’re asking is you live up to the constitution. That’s all we’re asking, for everybody.

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Comment by mr1stroke on August 28, 2020 at 5:39am
Negros dont do nothing without white peoples approval, all those black celebrities have the power to do for the community just like they do every time there is a crisis in white community or others, they could act and take a stand each time those unfortunate actions happen to those innocent black people, but to them it has always been business as usual, they either sat and watched or looked the other way.

No one can call for a boycott but every one are leaders, now that white people are clowning the community by taking a knee in order to recoupe the losses from the economy, every thing is black this black that, this is how you use your slaves and sell them back, so every thing black they are selling is either own by a white person or own by a white person, any black person involve is only very getting a small percentage, which i call n***** penny, now you niggaz dont want to play, you want to sit in your locker room, why now, why now, what happened to all the other times? In fact when Colin Kaepernick was being crucified by those white folks you niggers never supported him, you were either did not want to lose salary or afraid of back lash, now you want to make speeches and cry, you niggers better get out that locker room and start running up and down and make those white owners richer than before, not all of us are quick to forget, not all of us will sympathize with you or fall for the bullshit, what will happened when white folks no longer pay attention to the black community after this election or recover their losses, will you niggers still be concern about the black community who supports you and make sure you keep making all that money? Well we will see how black you truly are

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