Longtime NBA player Robert Horry was brought to tears when he saw the video of the police shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
Horry, who now works as an NBA analyst for Spectrum SportsNet, spoke about the incident on Wednesday after the NBA teams scheduled to play playoff games decided to strike and not play. Several WNBA, MLB and MLS teams followed suit on Wednesday night, bringing increased attention to systemic racism in the United States.
Horry detailed the heartbreaking conversation he had with his 14-year-old son, Christian, about the shooting.
"It's hard to tell your 14 year old son that I worry about him when he walks out that door." @RKHorry delivers an emotional reflection as he discusses race and policing in America. pic.twitter.com/4qz3L9Qj3P— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) August 27, 2020
“It’s hard to tell your 14-year-old son that I worry about him when he walks out that door. I have a 21-year-old son, I worry about him. Because Black men are an endangered species pretty much. These cops are just killing because they feel like if they don’t have their body cams on, they have a right,” Horry said.
“And I tell my kids all the time, I say I don’t care what’s going on, because at the end of the day, I want you coming home to me. If you have to lay down on the ground and they can kick you, beat you — at least you’re going to go to the hospital, you’re going to come home to me. Whatever they say to you, don’t take it upon yourself to let that rage you have against that cop come out. Because he has the gun. He can end you.”
Horry’s daughter, Ashlyn, died at age 17 in 2011 due to a rare genetic disorder.
“I already lost one child. I don’t need to lose another,” Horry said.
Horry, who played in the NBA from 1992 to 2008 and won seven championships, was scheduled to work as an analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. But that all changed when the Milwaukee Bucks opted not to play their own playoff game against the Orlando Magic earlier Wednesday.
Soon after, with other teams discussing not playing, the rest of the day’s games were officially postponed. The league’s players met Wednesday night to discuss their next steps — including not playing the rest of the postseason.
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