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: "I saw the violence every day and what can happen. Just trying to change kids' minds."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 8, 2014
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.
Rose: "Usually I stay out of politics and police brutality. I’m not saying all cops are bad or anything. I’m just saying that what happened— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 8, 2014
Rose continued: "those days was uncalled for and I think it hurt a lot of people. It hurt the nation."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 8, 2014
Rose: "My biggest concern is the kids. I know what they’re thinking right now. I was one of them kids. I grew up in an impoverished area."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 8, 2014
Rose: "I’m a parent now. 2 years ago, I probably wouldnt have worn the shirt. But now that I’m a Dad, it changed my outlook on life period."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 8, 2014
- Mike Fiammetta