Marcus Stroud defends Derrick Rose wearing 'I can't breathe' shirt
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Marcus Stroud defends Derrick Rose wearing 'I can't breathe' shirt
Monday December 8th, 2014

On Monday, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose shared a number of the reasons he wore an "I Can't Breathe Shirt" during warmups before Saturday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The shirt was in support of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police in July. Protests have taken place across the country since a grand jury declined to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo last week in the death of Garner.

Video taken at the scene of Garner's death showed Pantaleo putting Garner into a chokehold while arresting him for selling loose cigarettes. Garner could be heard on the video saying "I can't breathe." His death was later ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office. 

Rose didn't speak to reporters after the Bulls' 112-102 loss to the Warriors on Saturday because he was upset at how the game unfolded. He scored nine points on 2-of-11 shooting while adding six assists and four rebounds.

Mike Fiammetta

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