Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown and Pacers' Malcolm Brogdan Lead a Peaceful Protest in Their Hometown of Atlanta - Sports Illustrated

Celtics' Jaylen Brown Drove 15 Hours to His Hometown of Atlanta to Lead a Peaceful Protest

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After the death of George Floyd numerous athletes have joined their communities in protests against police violence. Celtics guard Jaylen Brown along with Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson, who is a member of the Nets organization joined members of their community to peacefully march through Atlanta. 

Brogdon, who spoke at the protest said this, "This is a moment. We have leverage right now," he said. "We have a moment in time. People are going to look back, our kids are going to look back at this and say, 'You were part of that.' I've got a grandfather that marched next to [Martin Luther King Jr.] in the '60s, and he was amazing. He would be proud to see us all here. We got to keep pushing forward."

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Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours to his hometown Saturday to lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta. Brown marched with a megaphone while holding a sign that read "I Can't Breathe", a reference to the death of George Floyd, who died as a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nine minutes in Minneapolis. Now, Brown streamed part of the march on Instagram live and posted videos to social media. 

Jaylen Brown, who is the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association said that being an NBA player doesn't exclude him from the conversation, adding, quote, "First and foremost, I'm a black man and I'm a member of this community. We're raising awareness for some of the injustices that we've been seeing. It's not OK."