Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis questioned the differential treatment of those who support the Black Lives Matter cause and the Pro-Donald Trump mob who breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
Mark Medina of USA Today provided the full comments from Davis after Thursday's game against the San Antonio Spurs:
LeBron James, Davis' teammate and the NBA's longtime gold standard, told reporters the situation was the latest example of how people are treated differently in the U.S. based on skin color:
"We live in two Americas, and that was a prime example of that yesterday. And if you don't understand that or don't see that after seeing what you saw yesterday then you really need to take a step back—not even just one step, maybe four or five or even 10 steps backwards and ask yourself...How do we want to live in this beautiful country? Because yesterday was not it.
"Being a part of a household with three kids—two boys, a daughter—a wife, a mother-in-law and so many Black folks in my household during that time and it's on the TV, I couldn't help but to wonder, if those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would have been the outcome? And I think we all know. There's no ifs, ands or buts."
Meanwhile, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Trump should be removed from office via the 25th amendment or impeachment for inciting the riot:
"He's incapable. He's incompetent. While that was going on, 4,000 of our other citizens died due to the pandemic yesterday. We still have the cyber attack that was way worse than Pearl Harbor that hasn't been talked about by him. He doesn't care. He loved those people hitting the Capitol because that's what he cares about. He's incapable of caring. In one way, it's sad because he's a deranged and really flawed individual. But he's also dangerous."
Popovich has been a critic of Trump throughout his presidency, which comes to an end Jan. 20 when Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president. Per CNN, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers are in favor of impeaching Trump.
The NBA has moved forward with its schedule over the past two days despite some calls for a short-term delay to the 2020-21 season because of the violence.
Popovich and the Spurs earned a 118-109 victory over Davis, James and the Lakers in Thursday's contest.