New Orleans Pelicans guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick, as well as New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, will join owner Gayle Benson in forming the Social Justice Leadership Coalition, Benson announced Monday:
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In statement, Benson mentions Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick and Saints LB Demario Davis will form a “Justice Leadership Council” in the organization. “Our goal will be to advocate for issues and change when and where we are able to in black and brown communities.” https://t.co/27wgiAZzdO
Benson's statement was addressing the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man who died while in Minneapolis police custody May 25. An independent autopsy released Monday said that Floyd died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure" after since-fired officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter Friday. However, three other officers involved in the arrest have not been charged.
Ball, Davis and Redick have individually spoken out about the killing (NSFW language):
Ball participated in a protest with his younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, in their hometown Chino Hills, California, over the weekend.
Protests have spread worldwide seeking justice for Floyd and an end to police brutality and racial injustice in America.