Ferguson has a significant impact on athletes

Ferguson Nationwide Protests

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People protestin a busy intersection in front of the state Capitol.

By Jordan Williams

Student Contributor

On August 9, 2014 Ferguson Police received a phone call from two black males who were seen on video tape stealing a box of cigars. Officer Darren Wilson responded to the call after spotting what seemed to be the two males. This is where it all begins. After confronting the males, Dorian Johnson and Mike Brown. Wilson endured a struggle from inside his police vehicle and a shot from his gun was fired and then his gun was fired once more outside of his car hitting and killing 18-year old Mike Brown. The city of Ferguson bursts into protests and riots for many days forthcoming. On August 14 President Obama addressed the nation and urged the investigators for a “clear and transparent investigation.” Between August 16 and 18 the governor of Missouri Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and asked for the Nation Guard to be deployed to the St. Louis suburb. On August 20th the Grand Jury began its investigation and on Nov. 24 the Grand Jury decided not indict Darren Wilson.

There was reaction from people all across the World and United States. Multiple athletes stated their dismay once the decision was made public including Lebron James, Serena Williams, Baron Davis, Kenny Smith, Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, and Kobe Bryant. Lebron posted a picture on his twitter of Mike Brown along with Trayvon Martin with their arms wrapped around each other, along with a quote stating: “As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!!” The former 6th man of the year for the Los Angeles Clippers Jamal Crawford also posted on his twitter: “In life we have to remember what is important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson…” Hall of Fame Legend and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner stated that: “We must work together to stop the unnecessary loss of young men of color. Justice was not served in Ferguson.” There were many athletes who posted their disappointed feelings about the Ferguson decision.

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley had a different view on the whole situation. Barkley has never been quiet on the racial issue and once again spoke up about the Ferguson situation criticizing segments of the black community and condemned those who were rioting, looting stores, and burning buildings. “Those (expletive) who are looting, those aren’t real black people, their scumbags. Real black people, they’re not out their looting. But unfortunately, the way the media portrays a lot of black people, we only put the negative black people on television. We don’t put the hard-working black people.”  He also went on to defend the police and said that some of the black neighborhoods would be the “wild wild west” without them.

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