As the Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country, celebrities have started to come onto the streets. Movie stars, NBA players, you name them. Amongst these is Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard, who recently shut down a twitter critic who twisted his words when the point guard went to a protest.
Damian Lillard puts justice before health
Recently, Portland Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard released a heartfelt diss track about racism. The track, called, ‘Blacklist’, recently launched on SoundCloud. It revolves around slavery and issues of racism.
Lillard also joined a protest in Portland last week. During the protest, the 29-year-old was spotted along with a huge crowd of protesters. The Portland Trail Blazers also posted his pictures on their official Twitter page. They proudly captioned it, ‘Our point guard’.
Our point guard 🖤 pic.twitter.com/6r0yxojcoc
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 5, 2020
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) June 5, 2020
Unfortunately, someone on Twitter just had to twist Lillard’s words.
In a since deleted tweet, a Twitter user tried to come at Lillard because he was hand-in-hand with the protesters. It seemed to bother the user, because the Blazer had earlier tweeted that due to health concerns, he won’t play if his team didn’t make it to the playoffs.
The user highlighted this and asked how come the crowded protests don’t give Lillard any health concerns.
To this, Lillard responded, saying that if the team did make it to the playoffs, he would have played. So if he can risk his health to play, he sure will do it to seek justice for his people.
Don’t be confused. I didn’t wana play if I didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs. Safety was always a part of the risk. So if I’ll risk my safety for a game I’m for damn sure gone risk it for my people . Still confused? https://t.co/6AagbUlpol
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 9, 2020
Even though Lillard has been vocal about police brutality and racism online for a long time, Thursday was the first time he came out onto the streets to protest.
The protests started more than a week ago, when a Caucasian Minneapolis cop put his knee on an unarmed African-American man’s neck. The man, George Floyd, died because the cop did not budge for over 8 minutes. From when this incident came to light, till now, several celebrities, athletes, and people in power who support the Afro-American community have been using social media to spread awareness along with going to protest personally.
We hope for justice and peace as soon as possible, for all.