NBA community reacts to verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial
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NBA community reacts to verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial

Early Thursday afternoon, almost a year after George Floyd’s death, a Minnesota jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder. Chauvin was convicted on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter, as his sentencing is expected to take place in two months. He is expected to spend decades in jail.

Floyd’s murder was a catalyst for the sports world’s social justice movement, and the NBA was no different. Players used the last year’s bubble as a platform for the ‘Black Lives Matter movement, voicing their opinions on racial inequality and police brutality, induced by Floyd’s case. They continued to do the same throughout the ongoing season.

Naturally, when it was announced Chauvin was found guilty on all counts, the whole NBA community expressed their relief, starting with the association itself. Earlier this week, SIdeline Sources reported the NBA instructed teams to prepare for possible game postponements due to the possibility of civil unrest following a verdict. Today, it’s clear no games will be postponed, as the entire NBA sees Chauvin’s sentence as a step in the right direction.