By Sarah Muller
Well, look at this:
New Sixers coach Doc Rivers was quoted by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a speech in Gettysburg yesterday.
He called for racial healing and equality, something that has been the forefront of the national conversation this summer:
“Doc Rivers, the basketball coach, was choking back tears when he said, ‘We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’ve been hung. It’s amazing how we’re loving this country, when this country does not love us back.’ I think about that. I think about what it takes for a Black person to love America. That is a deep love for this country, that has for far too long never been recognized.”
The moment Biden was referencing came during the Clippers’ playoff run this season in the NBA Bubble in Orlando. Rivers was reacting to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin in late August.
Numerous Sixers were vocal in calling out systemic racism, and pushing for social change, this summer.
Earlier this month, Sixers star Ben Simmons endorsed Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in the 2020 U.S. election. The election is scheduled for Nov. 3.