On Friday, June 19th, in celebration of Juneteenth, Bradley Beal joined fellow players from the Washington Wizards as well as players from the Washington Mystics in a show of unity and marched the streets of Washington D.C. in protest of police brutality.
— NBA (@NBA) June 20, 2020
Alongside Brad for the #TogetherWeStand protest were his fiancee Kamiah Adams as well as fellow Wizards star John Wall, rookie Rui Hamichura, Mystics star Natasha Cloud and many many others from both Washington pro basketball organizations
John wall and Bradley Beal really protesting. I respect it alot
— Jayce (@CreeperTYB) June 19, 2020
— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 19, 2020
The group marched from their meeting point at 6th & G Street to the front of Capital One Arena.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 19, 2020
Once there, they held a rally where, among others, Brad spoke up.
“They say Juneteenth is a day of celebration of freedom, a day of reflection upon the struggle that was endured,” Brad said to the crowd. “Last night, I had a little bit of time to reflect. The question that dawned on me is ‘what is freedom?’ By definition, it is the ability to act and speak whenever you want, (about) whatever you want without any restraint. But another question I ask myself is ‘how can the black community feel free in a world where racism and discrimination and prejudice are normalized and condoned, where these things are taught and passed down generation to generation, encouraged and oftentimes celebrated? How does the black community grow when lives are taken from them without justice and without any consequences?’”
Brad also spoke about the racial injustices he’s experienced first-hand, referencing a story from two years ago when he was pulled over in D.C. and threatened by a police officer. His all too familiar story went viral across social media, encouraging others to share their similar stories.
Bradley Beal opened up about an encounter he had with law enforcement.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 19, 2020
Furthermore, Brad expressed a need for a continued commitment to ending systemic racism and doing so through unity, not division.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 20, 2020
Bradley Beal is a prime example of why change needs to happen. No matter the money or fame he has, he's still a target.
— Sami Jarjour (@JarjourSami) June 19, 2020
Bradley Beal: "How does the Black community grow when lives are taken from them unjustly with any consequences? There's no more sweeping these harsh realities under the dug, putting on Band-Aids over the scars." https://t.co/VoBcYRRvL9
— Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) June 20, 2020