PBA: 'Ashamed' Tim Cone criticizes US leadership that led to 'despicable' culture


Posted at Jun 03 2020 11:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone joined those speaking out against racial inequality and violence on Tuesday, tweeting his criticism of the leadership in the United States.

The 62-year-old American said on social media that "all coaches/leaders develop a culture -- good or bad, sometimes great, all of which reflect a team's success."

"The leadership of the United States has developed such a horrendous, despicable culture that it has led the country to hate, division, and racism," he added. "I've never been more ashamed."

Cone added the hashtag "BLM" for "Black Lives Matter."

Protests have broken out all over the United States after the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, when a white Minneapolis police man knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

The protests have since become global, and in the Philippines, several PBA players have spoken out to demand justice for Floyd. With Filipino-American players like Gabe Norwood and Chris Ross leading the way, several players took a knee and observed a moment of silence, while posting the sign "Could've Been Me" on social media.

Ross thanked Cone for speaking up on Twitter, while former Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes also expressed his support.

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