A night after star point guard Damian Lillard marched with a group of protesters in Portland, three of his Trail Blazers teammates joined the gathering.
Rodney Hood, Nassir Little and Anfernee Simons are among the demonstrators Friday on the city’s ninth consecutive night of protests against racial injustice and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Hood, in his second season with the team, and Little, a rookie, both posted Instagram stories showing their involvement in the rally. Simons, another second-year player, Tweeted that he was there and called the experience “powerful.”
On Thursday, Lillard was part of a large group that made its way from Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland to downtown’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The five-time NBA All-Star linked arms with his fellow protesters and helped lead a chant of, “I can’t breathe,” a phrase Floyd repeated to officer Derek Chauvin in his final moments before his death May 25. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down on the street.
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