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Wizards' Bradley Beal Details Police Officer Threatening Him During Traffic Stop

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards in action against the New York Knicks during the first half at Capital One Arena on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. 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 Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal described an encounter with police that took place in 2018, saying an officer threatened to "f--k" his day up during a traffic stop.

Before a Juneteenth march alongside his teammates and players from the WNBA's Washington Mystics on Friday, Beal told reporters he was pulled over while driving on the 495 highway in Washington D.C. and an officer instructed him to get out of his car on the median before threatening him. 

"He comes up to me and says, 'What if I f--k up your Monday and put you in a headline and arrest you right now?' I didn't do anything. But because I was a black athlete driving a nice vehicle, that's what he came up with. Now how am I supposed to respond to that?"

Beal said any reaction he could have had in response to the officer would have led to him seeing negative headlines in the press.

Beal said late last month he was meeting with police about reform after the killing of George Floyd. 

"And actually I'm figuring out ways to hold panels with DMV Police so we can figure out how we can police our neighborhoods better," Beal wrote on Twitter. "How we can help them help us, because something need to happen!"

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter charges after kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes on Memorial Day. Floyd's killing led to nationwide protests about police brutality and discrimination against black people.

The protests have also led to several black athletes publicly disclosing their negative interactions with police officers. Beal said his story Friday was just one example of several that have happened during his life. 

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