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On Saturday December 6th during the pre-game warm up for the Bulls vs. Golden State Derrick Rose dawned an “I can’t breathe” shirt to stand in solidarity with the protests that have been going on in response to the decision not to indict the officer who murdered Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold on a Staten Island street back in the summer of 2014.
We must say that we are extremely proud of Derrick Rose’s stand as this is a bold social movement for him to make. After his million dollar donation to After School Matters (a non profit organization in Chicago that helps/supports teenagers) we can start to see the wheels grinding in his stance on things outside of simply basketball. While Rose did not hold any interviews after the game to discuss his statement we are glad he made it, especially after Magic Johson released a statement stating our younger generation of athletes needs to make a stand and stop allowing silence to fill their space.
“They have to get involved socially,” Johnson said Friday. “They have to because it affects them, too. And it affects their families. They grew up in these situations; they must not forget that. They [were] once poor, they went to inner-city schools that didn’t have technology or computers, they didn’t have good books. See, I went through that whole situation. They went through that as well. A lot of their cousins are still going through that, so they must not forget that. I hope that they would do more.”
His team member Joakim Noah expressed his feelings on Rose’s statement in an interview below.
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