Doc Rivers Challenges Sen. Josh Hawley to Acknowledge Black Lives Matter

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJuly 11, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - FEBRUARY 08: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on February 8, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told reporters that Senator Josh Hawley should acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement in comments made to reporters on Saturday.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com provided the quotes:

"There's no league that does more for the military than the NBA," Rivers said. "But how about that senator? I'll make a challenge. We will do things for the troops as long as he acknowledges Black Lives Matter. I think that will be really cool for him to do."

Hawley, a Republican junior Senator from Missouri, recently made news after posting ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski's response to a press release in which the senator said the league was "kowtowing to Beijing" and "refusing to support U.S. military and law enforcement."

The NBA is restarting its season on July 30 in Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, following a four-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Black Lives Matter" will be painted on all three courts where games will take place, and players can choose from 29 social justice messages to place on the backs of their jerseys in lieu of their names.

Rivers and the Clippers will open an eight-game regular-season finish against the Los Angeles Lakers before taking part in the postseason.

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