NBA players across the league lent support to the hundreds of thousands who participated in the #MarchForOurLives protests.
On Saturday, major metropolitan cities across America were clogged with protestors sick and tired of seeing dead children on television. Following the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 students and staff members, a movement has started to end gun violence once and for all.
This isn’t a new movement, but it’s one that has never had more momentum than it does now. Most of it is the youth of America rallying together literally to save their lives, and part of it is the All-Star support they’re being given.
The protests were organized across the country in response to the Parkland school shooting, and various other instances of gun violence in the last few years. From the students at Stoneman Douglas to youth from the South Side of Chicago, hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered to try and bring change to gun legislation and end the violence.
Among those voicing support for the protests were some of the NBA’s biggest stars. Who could be surprised that perhaps the most progressive sports league in America had representatives standing firmly behind the youth trying to bring about change?
Chris Paul and LeBron James both support for the #MarchForOurLives protests.
Carmelo Anthony helped bus over 4,500 kids to the march in Baltimore, where he went to school as a child.
Bill Russell has been vocal on social issues for decades — long before the parents of the children protesting were even alive. He hasn’t dribbled a ball professionally in a while, so he wasn’t about to be shut up on Saturday.
Ditto for Steve Kerr, who hasn’t dribbled in an NBA game in over a decade. He’s done the opposite of shutting up on issues facing Americans and voiced his support for #MarchForOurLives as well:
Add George Clooney and Dennis Rodman to the list of odd celebrity pairings that only something like keeping children alive ca bring together.
Dwyane Wade, who had Saturday off ahead of a Sunday matchup against the Pacers, protested with those in Indianapolis.
The punch behind this support is packed by comments made by a Fox News commentator in which athletes — specifically LeBron James — were told to ‘shut up and dribble’. In response to that comment, it’s clear that NBA players are motivated now more than ever to do anything bu.