NBA players from both the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics made a visible statement Sunday, wearing “Accountability” t-shirts in the wake of the police shooting death of Stephon Clark.
The players wore the shirts in pregame warmup to honor the memory of the 22-year-old who was unarmed when he shot and killed by Sacramento Police.
Officers fired 20 times in the darkened backyard of Clark’s grandparents. He was holding a cellphone they said they thought was a gun.
The idea for the shirts came from Kings player development staff member, Akachi Okugo, but was put into action by Kings guard Garrett Temple, who’s been outspoken from the beginning about police accountability.
“It’s probably the toughest job in America and I applaud them for putting their lives on the line every night, every day, but with that comes responsibility. That’s the mantle that they carry and the burden that they bear,” Temple said.
Celtics players weighed in as well.
“For the family I know it’s tough. No gesture can bring your son back, but as NBA players and people of influence, we have to continue to speak up about things,” said forward Jaylen Brown.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 25, 2018