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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked Tuesday night about the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Kenosha, Wisconsin Black man shot multiple times in the back Sunday. Rivers did not hold back, with his powerful raw speech still rippling through social media on Wednesday morning.
“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back,” said a sad and frustrated Rivers. “It’s really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. I’m so often reminded of my color. It’s just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better.”
There have been nightly protests in Kenosha following the Blake shooting. Although he did survive, a lawyer for the family said Tuesday it was unlikely he would ever walk again. His family has called for the protests to be peaceful, although there has been violence.
“It’s funny. We protest. They send riot guards. They send people in riot outfits,” Rivers said of the response to protests throughout the nation after the May 25 killing of George Floyd. “[White supremacists] go up to Michigan with guns. They’re spitting on cops. Nothing happens.”
Rivers continued, “The training has to change in the police force. The unions have to be taken down in the police force. My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops. We’re not trying to defund the police and take all their money away. We’re trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else.”
The coach also targeted Donald Trump and his ongoing Republican National Convention, which has been focused on fear, doom and gloom should Trump not be reelected.
“All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” Rivers told reporters. “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear.”
The only mention of the Blake shooting from Trump was a Tuesday tweet that demanded, “Governor should call in the National Guard in Wisconsin. It is ready, willing, and more than able. End problem FAST!” The National Guard had already been deployed to the area.
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