The Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings were opponents on the court Sunday, but the two teams came together for something more important prior to the contest. Members from both teams took part in a PSA to talk about Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man who was shot and killed by police March 18.
The PSA, which features players from both teams, runs for 30 seconds.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2018
The full PSA reads:
“These tragedies have to stop. There must be accountability. Black. White. Brown. We are one. We are one. One. We will not stick to sports. We will not shut up and dribble. This is bigger than basketball. Change can be uncomfortable. Change is necessary. We need to talk. We need to act. We matter. We must unite. Say his name. Stephon Clark. Stephon Clark.”
At the end of the PSA, a title card reading “Accountability” and “We Are One” comes up. The hashtag #StephonClark sits below those words.
Players also wore t-shirts honoring Clark during pre-game warmups.
The Kings and Celtics are wearing warm-up shirts honoring Stephon Clark ahead of today's game. pic.twitter.com/V5AjQRO9RJ
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 25, 2018
Clark’s death has hit close to home for the Kings. He was shot and killed by Sacramento police. Citizens have protested his death, even preventing fans from entering the Kings’ arena prior to a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. Following that contest, Kings owner, Vivek Ranadivé spoke to the crowd, saying the team would work really hard to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again.
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