The high-profile professional athletes opened the annual showcase with an emphasis on acknowledging the nation’s recent publicized violence.
“Generations ago, legends like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe and countless others, they set a model for what athletes should stand for,” said Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers’ star point guard. “So we choose to follow in their footsteps.” (ESPN)
Last week, Melo issued a full statement in the New York Daily News newspaper on police brutality following two publicized slayings.
A few days ago, Melo went to Instagram to let his voice be heard.
First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o
Anthony’s words came after Brooklyn rapper Fabolous asked sports athletes to speak out.
Dear commenters, as celebrities or people with a platform we do need stand up & be the voice of the people. Especially in matters like this… But we need to stand in the right way. We need the LAWS to CHANGE. Change laws to prevent Police Brutality against ALL PEOPLE. STOP Police Officers from being protected after they do criminal acts against the people they are suppose to be assigned to protect! And STOP the POLICE from killing people for NO REASON & being sent home on PAID LEAVE & NEVER seeing punishment. It's the SYSTEM that needs to CHANGE!! As celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes, & citizens we need to get behind Civil Rights Activist & Politicians who want to CHANGE the LAWS!!! Not Free CONCERTS.. Not just standing outside wit signs. Not public outings just to say we was there. Because all of those things have been done in the past & we continue to have the same incidents happen. I do believe those things show our unity but we have to get behind movements to CHANGE these LAWS! If there's no consequence behind COPS killing citizens & the judicial system protecting them how will it ever CHANGE?? A concert won't change that, protesters with signs won't change that, & marches with celebrities haven't changed it either. We need PEOPLE IN POWER to address these matters. We have to DEMAND CHANGE WITHIN THE SYSTEM!!!! When America thought the country was in danger from DRUGS they CHANGED LAWS. The Rockefeller Laws, The Kingpin Statute & the RICO law all were laws instituted in the country's worst drug times. Well now we're in our worst times & we need LAWS to protect the PEOPLE. Ps. Don't just expect rappers/musicians to be a VOICE. We need our Sports Heroes to speak up too. Not all but a lot of them stay clear of political issues, but we need their voices to be heard too. They impact people as much as musicians IF NOT MORE.