Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led a peaceful protest march through Atlanta on Saturday night. Brown, who streamed part of the march live via his Instagram account and also posted videos of speeches to his page, said during the livestream that he had driven 15 hours from Boston in order to protest in Atlanta, which is about a 20-minute drive southeast of his native Marietta, Georgia. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player, don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.
More Celtics players joined the cause Sunday. Marcus Smart, Vincent Poirier, and Enes Kanter attended a protest in Boston where thousands of activists joined forces to demand change. Smart stated – “Despite color or gender, the truth is the truth, justice is justice — and justice hasn’t been served. And people are pissed off about it. So we’re here to keep George Floyd’s name alive and keep it going in his legacy. Something has to change, and we’re here to make a change.”