Karl-Anthony Towns 'Was Worried Justice Wouldn't Be Served' with Derek Chauvin

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2021

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reacts after a foul during the second half against the New York Knicks during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in New York. (Sarah Stier/Pool Photo via AP)
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Minnesota Timberwolves star big man Karl-Anthony Towns shared what was going through his mind Tuesday prior to a verdict being handed down in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

According to Mark Medina of USA Today, Towns said: "I didn't know what was going to happen. I was worried for our community. I was worried justice wouldn't be served."

A jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 killing of 46-year-old Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The three convictions carry prison sentences of up to 40 years, 25 years and 10 years, respectively.

The Chauvin murder trial hit close to home for Towns and the rest of the Timberwolves players since it occurred in their home city of Minneapolis.

Towns and his teammates learned of the guilty verdict prior to their game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Minnesota went on to win the game 134-120, giving the 16-43 squad two wins in its past three games.

Towns turned in an especially strong performance in the victory, recording 26 points, a season-high 18 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Per Medina, Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie divulged a gesture the team made after their win, saying: "We have the game ball and we dedicated that to George Floyd's family. I'm glad we were able to do that."

Chauvin is set to serve prison time for the murder of Floyd, but it isn't yet known how much. That will be decided when he is sentenced in eight weeks.