Morning sports update: Marcus Smart wanted to ‘show the right thing’ by attending Boston protest

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On Sunday, the world continued to react in protest to the killing of George Floyd. Sports, even in a decreased capability as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, made its mark as nicely.

In the German Bundesliga, English participant Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund displayed a shirt below his jersey with the message “Justice for George Floyd” after scoring considered one of his three objectives.

Jadon Sancho revealed a “Justice for George Floyd” shirt after scoring for Borussia Dortmund.

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— SportsHeart (@SportsHeart) May 31, 2020

And in Boston, a number of Celtics gamers attended a peaceable demonstration close to Boston Common.

Marcus Smart speaks out: Celtics guard Marcus Smart was amongst those that attended Sunday’s protest close to Boston Common. Smart praised the town’s turnout for the occasion.

“I love the way Boston has represented,” he mentioned. “Boston’s a second home, and we’re showing love.”

The 26-year-old famous how quickly the protest motion has grown following the killing of Floyd and different Black Americans by police.

“For this to happen as quickly as it did, it shows the fire that everybody has, and wanting the same thing,” Smart mentioned. “And that’s justice.”

Floyd, a 46-year-old, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin saved his knee on Floyd’s neck for greater than eight minutes. Smart described his response to seeing video of the incident.

“I wanted to cry, for the simple fact that that could’ve been me,” he mentioned. “That could’ve been my brother, could’ve been my dad, could’ve been my uncle. It’s just terrifying to see as an African-American male … Because that lets me know that — and it lets me know and everyone around us — how terrified we are. If that can happen to that random person, who am I to say that it can’t happen to me or someone I love? It was terrifying to watch.”

When requested about his standing as an expert athlete whereas out at a protest, Smart had a easy reply.

“What better way to show the right thing than to get out here and be on the front line myself,” he mentioned.

📹 Marcus Smart with @STEVEBURTONWBZ on the protests in #Boston final night time whereas issues had been nonetheless peaceable (1 of three) #Celtics #WBZ @smart_MS3 pic.twitter.com/DO9FC8NHwR

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) June 1, 2020

📹 Vincent Poirier was with Marcus Smart on the protests in #Boston final night time (three of three) #Celtics #WBZ @smart_MS3 @viinze_17P @STEVEBURTONWBZ pic.twitter.com/nJwFokNHui

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) June 1, 2020

More from Boston.com:

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  • Roger Goodell says ‘tragic events’ name for ‘urgent need for action’
  • Premier League cleared by authorities to pursue June restart
  • NHL plans to check gamers for COVID-19 day by day if video games resume
  • Harvard males’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker addresses detainment of former participant Seth Towns throughout protest
  • US Open plan in works, together with group flights, COVID exams
  • Dolphins coach Brian Flores releases assertion on George Floyd and racial inequality
  • Devin McCourty, spouse Michelle mourn lack of baby
  • ‘Our voices need to be heard’: Jaylen Brown leads peaceable protest in Atlanta

The Patriots’ behind-the-scenes take a look at the NFL draft:

A #PatsDraft in contrast to another.

Behind the Scenes: The Virtual Draft, introduced by @Bose pic.twitter.com/OfOTDFOiiI

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 29, 2020

On at the present time: A 12 months in the past, Liverpool defeated Tottenham to win the Champions League ultimate.

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