Protests are currently being held all over the country to stand up against racism. In Milwaukee, the protest are entering their tenth day and show no sign of slowing down. On Saturday, June 6, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and other Bucks players joined in the peaceful march.
Giannis Addressed the Protest Participants
Giannis took a leadership role in the march, passing out water bottles to his fellow protesters. He then took a megaphone to address the crowd. “We want change. We want justice,” Giannis said to the crowd. “I want my kid to grow up in Milwaukee and not be scared to walk down the street.”
It is no secret that Giannis loves Milwaukee, and he has stated on a number of occassions his desire to remain with the Bucks for his entire career. Like many of us, though, he knows that Milwaukee, like the rest of the country, needs to change. Being a new father has added to his desire to see that change happen. It is no longer about himself, it is about his son. What father does not want a better world for his son?
Giannis, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, Brook Lopez, Frank Mason II, and Thanasis Atentokounmpo all donned gray shirts. The shirts had the words, “I can’t breath” on them. These were the last words of George Floyd, who was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. In addition, Giannis’s girlfriend and his young son made an appearance at the protest.
“We want change, we want justice, and that is why we are out here. That’s what we’re going to do today. That’s why I’m going to march with you.”
Our MVP, on and, most importantly, off the court.
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