Dennis Smith Jr., guard of the New York Knicks and J. Cole, joined the protests in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police on Monday.
For Ray Sanchez, Joe Sutton and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN.com, the video showed Agent Derek Chauvin pressing his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck, who told the officers that he could not breathe and that his body was hurting while lay prone on a Via Minneapolis. He died in a nearby hospital later that day.
Protests across the country continued on Saturday and numerous athletes spoke and / or took to the streets nationwide.
In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns took part in a protest that also involved former NBA star Stephen Jackson, who was a good friend of Floyd’s.