ESPN has reported that the San Antonio Spurs released a message calling for “real change” and social justice prior to the team’s match with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While both teams did stand for the National Anthem, the jumbotron displayed a message calling for equality and called on the teams’ fans to work to address the issues in their community.
Class move by Spurs. They and Wolves stood at full attention for National Anthem, but both teams locked arms after as this message played. pic.twitter.com/5pN36ns2nV
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‘There are things happening in our communities that need our attention. We understand your desire to attend our games as an escape and chosen form of entertainment. In that, we feel there is a significant commonality in all of us that allows our community to be so special. We understand your desire to attend our games as an escape and chosen form of entertainment. In that, we feel there is a significant commonality in all of us that allows our community to be so special.
‘That commonality should include aspirations for social justice, freedom of speech in its many forms, and equal opportunity for education, and economic advancement regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
‘It is our hope that we can, as a community, inspire and evoke real change. We ask that you join with us in your daily lives in the pursuit of equality. And in that, we honor our country by exercising demands for what this great nation has promised and what our military continues to fight for’
After the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich thanked his fans for their support of the team’s message.
‘They obviously also buy into the messages that were set up on the JumboTron. I’m so proud to be in this city when we have fans that understand that it’s important for everybody. Kudos to our fans.’
Popovich has faced criticism in the past over his comments regarding President Donald Trump, who he has frequently criticised for his policies and comments. However, Spurs point guard Danny Green said that he and the rest of the team stand by Popovich.
‘Obviously, we have heard that he’s gotten some backlash. But regardless, he’s speaking out for us. And we have to speak out for him and back him for him taking a stand. Obviously, some of his comments have been criticized. But we felt we should do something. There’s been back and forth about what we should do. But I thought it was good. I didn’t think it was too much. I said we’ve got to back our coach, especially when he’s speaking out for us.’
For more information, the video can be seen below courtesy of ESPN.
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