Music veteran Jay Z reportedly turned down an opportunity to wear an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt to join in a peaceful protest over Eric Garner‘s grand jury verdict due to sizing issues.
According to reports, Young Hov would not wear one of the popular tee-shirts this week at a Brooklyn Nets game because of the available sizes.
The Nets, meanwhile, received their T-shirts from Justice League NYC around the same time. Williams, Kevin Garnett and Alan Anderson all joined Jack in wearing them. A photograph of them with Jay-Z before the game spread quickly on the Internet. Jay-Z did not wear one, but only because the T-shirts were enormous, Skolnik said. “He’s not going to put on a 2XL that goes down to his knees,” Skolnik said. (The New York Times)
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Media personality Michael Skolnik showed off a picture of Jay alongside Nets players without the “I Can’t Breathe” shirt on social media.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 9, 2014
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has stood behind joining a growing movement of athletes raising awareness last night during a pregame warm-up.
“I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes,” Bryant said after the game. “I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.” (ESPN)
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose donned an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt last week prior to playing against the Golden State Warriors.
Ahead of the Chicago Bulls big game against the Golden State Warriors tonight, Derrick Rose donned a black t-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” printed on it in big white letters during warmups. The shirt, of course, is in reference to the final words of Eric Garner, who died after being put into a chokehold by a member of the NYPD while he was being arrested for selling illegal cigarettes. The officer was not indicted by a grand jury, resulting in protests all over the country. (Complex)
According to reports, a Staten Island jury reached its decision last Wednesday (December 3).
The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The grand jury reached its decision less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. (New York Times)