NBA statement on Derek Chauvin conviction in George Floyd case

NBA statement on Chauvin conviction in George Floyd case originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The verdict was announced Tuesday.

In response, the NBA and NBPA released the following joint statement:

“George Floyd’s murder was a flash point for how we look at race and justice in our country, and we are pleased that justice appears to have been served,” the statement read. “But we also recognize that there is much work to be done and the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association, together with our newly-formed Social Justice Coalition, will redouble our efforts to advocate for meaningful change in the areas of criminal justice and policing.”

The league and union formed that Social Justice Coalition in August 2020 while playing out its restarted 2019-20 season, pledging to address issues such as voting access, civic engagement and police and criminal justice reform.

In the wake of the verdict, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts tweeted: “Next Up? Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the Senate!”

That piece of proposed legislation, which can be reviewed here, strives to increase accountability and transparency, while eliminating discriminatory practices, in policing.

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