Pelicans' Lonzo Ball Says 'F--k Racism' in Post from George Floyd Protests

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - MARCH 06: Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts against the Miami Heat during a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans star Lonzo Ball attended a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on Sunday in California.

"Tired of being tired of being tired‼️" Ball wrote in an Instagram post. "F--k Racism and everybody who stand for that s--t. My momma white and my daddy black so don't say it can't be done."

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The Ball brothers came together and protested. (via @ZO2_) https://t.co/t37TSpYyKw

Protests have grown across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Prosecutors charged since-fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he knelt on Floyd's neck while placing him under arrest. Floyd communicated he was unable to breathe while being detained, but Chauvin continued kneeling.

Ball is among the handful of NBA players who attended protests this weekend:

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham

Malcolm Brogdon: "I got a grandfather who marched next to Dr. King in the 60's. He was amazing and he would be proud to see us all here." He added "Jaylen, man, has led this charge. I'm proud of him. We need more leaders." https://t.co/3r3qsojB45

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Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to lead a protest. 👏 #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd https://t.co/aamRHNdvPR

Jeff Skversky 6abc @JeffSkversky

Sixers forward Tobias Harris among those marching and protesting in Philadelphia today in honor of George Floyd Harris also has Sixers teammate Mike Scott on FaceTime 📸 via @tobias31 @6abc #GeorgeFloyd https://t.co/GN8e36fZkM

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JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson joined the protests in Los Angeles. (via @JordanClarksons) https://t.co/wzRk0l46Pf

Hall of Famer Michael Jordan issued a statement as well:

Jordan @Jumpman23

Statement from Michael Jordan: https://t.co/lWkZOf1Tmr

The story has hit particularly close to home for former NBA star Stephen Jackson.

Jackson said Thursday on NBC's Today that he had met Floyd in Texas and the two quickly struck up a conversation based on their shared resemblance. The 2003 NBA champion added he and Floyd "always hung together" when he'd travel to Houston.