PBA stars lend voices to US protests


Posted at Jun 01 2020 12:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Some players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) have spoken up regarding the ongoing protests in the United States after the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.

Floyd died after the police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. His death has sparked protests all over the United States, and PBA players -- notably the Filipino-Americans -- have joined the calls for justice.

San Miguel point guard Chris Ross has been among the most vocal on social media, posting messages of support to those who were protesting while also retweeting videos explaining the situation in the US.

Ginebra veteran Joe Devance used the words of Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr., to make his point on Instagram.


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"You guys are the reason this will continue to happen. I wish there could be another way," said Devance.

Meanwhile, Meralco's Chris Newsome posted a series of stories on Instagram regarding the protests, noting how the events were peaceful until "paid provocateurs" started the riots.

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Incoming Meralco rookie Aaron Black, son of Coach Norman Black, said on Twitter that there was "no place for racism in this world."

University of the Philippines' Kobe Paras also spoke out against racism and police brutality, saying that they exist both in the United States and in the Philippines.

Civil unrest has swelled in the United States, and the National Guard said on Sunday that 5,000 soldiers and airmen have been activated in 15 states as well as Washington D.C. The Minnesota National Guard has been armed, following detection by the FBI of a "credible lethal threat" against it. 

Other states that have activated troops include Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina. Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared in California, and the governors of Virginia and New York have placed their National Guards on standby. -- With reports from Reuters.

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