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.
The following was released by the NBA. pic.twitter.com/taSKKJa2Sc— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 20, 2021
ACCOUNTABILITY— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 20, 2021
Justice and Accountability! Things I never thought I would see. There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) April 20, 2021
Justice ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) April 20, 2021
“I just hope that this is the type of statement by our justice system that gives hope and precedence for these type of verdicts to be the norm.” pic.twitter.com/OucAdsFss6— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 20, 2021
9 minutes, 29 seconds. pic.twitter.com/cCpzd3zeBq— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 20, 2021
“This is a step in the right direction, but we still have so much more to go.”@Candace_Parker shares her thoughts on the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/FiSMhSFZUa— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 20, 2021
Tears of joy 🖤 #Justice— Malik Beasley MB5 (@Mbeasy5) April 20, 2021
But the fact we all saw what we saw last year, and STILL were nervous about if he would be held accountable, shows how far we have to go…— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 20, 2021