Filipino-American PBA players on Monday took to social media to protest the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, 46, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin, fired last Tuesday, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers were also fired, but have not been charged. The death of Floyd, who was black, sparked unprecedented nationwide protests across the United States over the weekend.
Holding signs that wrote, "Could've been me #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd", the players went live on Instagram and silently knelt for approximately eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the length of time Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck.
Joining the protest were Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, Joe Devance of Barangay Ginebra, Kelly Nabong of NorthPort, Harvey Carey and Ray Parks of TNT, Chris Newsome and Trevis Jackson of Meralco, Rashawn McCarthy and Roosevelt Adams of Columbian, and Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Mo Tautuaa of San Miguel,
Last year's Rookie of the Year and Dyip star CJ Perez also participated in the protest.
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Approx. 8:40 George Floyd had an officers knee on his neck pleading for his mother and that he couldn't breathe, I ask you to truly take a second and realize just how long that is. Let alone that it even happened. Please look at the big picture. This just ain't right. As a Filipino-American, my home is here, but when I visit my family in America I'm seen strictly as a black man. It's not right that black men can get together and all have similar stories of getting wrongfully detained for little to no reason. On our own college campuses, in elementary school, in front of our own house....it's just not right. I was born in this skin, I love my skin. But it seems the world don't. You guys would rather focus on the looting like U.S. media wants you to...so you don't blame the first domino in the assembly, but you blame the last domino that fell? Check ya self.
A day before the protest, Norwood also posted a photo of the players getting together in a Zoom meeting to discuss the incident, which Norwood said was "a topic that's been heavy on our hearts."