Doc Rivers made a passionate statement about the contrast in treatment between BLM protests and the Washington rioters who stormed the Capitol.
Washington DC was taken hostage by thousands of Trump supporters who went to a Stop the Steal rally yesterday. The rioters barged into Capitol Hill in the thousands and ravaged the building. Among the major targets was the office of Nancy Pelosi, which was ransacked comprehensively.
So far, the death of 4 rioters has come to light. Doc Rivers took the opportunity in the pre-game press conference yesterday to put some prudent points forward.
Doc Rivers explains how white and black protesters are treated differently
Speaking to the press, Rivers had the following things to say on Wednesday:
“It’s pretty disturbing and sad. What it’s not, is I keep hearing, ‘This attack on democracy.’ It’s not. . . Democracy will prevail. It always does. It shows a lot though. When you saw protests in the summer, you saw the riots or more the police, the National Guard, and the Army. And then you see this and you saw nothing. It basically proves the point about a privileged life in a lot of ways.”
“I’ll say it because I don’t think a lot of people want to. Could you imagine today if those were all Black people storming into the Capitol and what would’ve happened? So, that to me is a picture that’s worth 1,000 words for all of us to see and probably something for us to reckon with again.”
Doc Rivers on today’s events: “I will say it, because I don’t think a lot of people want to. Can you imagine today, if those were all black people storming the Capitol, and what would have happened? That, to me, is a picture that’s worth a thousand words for all of us to see.” pic.twitter.com/tk9I35Ksgw
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 6, 2021
Overall, the response of the NBA to the events of yesterday and the verdict of the Jacob Blake indictment were muted. But the players and coaches used whatever platforms they could to speak out. Twitter was in shambles especially in the wake of these riots.