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NBA, players praise Chauvin guilty verdict


– NBA chief Adam Silver applauded the outcome of the Derek Chauvin murder trial on Wednesday, saying justice had been served against the former police officer found guilty of killing unarmed Black man George Floyd.

In a joint statement with the National Basketball Players Associatio­n executive director Michele Roberts, the NBA chief said the league would continue to campaign for criminal justice and police reforms.

''George Floyd's murder was a flash point for how we look at race and justice in our country, and we are pleased that justice appears to have beens served,'' Silver and Roberts said.

''But we also recognize that there is much work to be done with the National Basketball Associatio­n and the National Basketball Players Associatio­n, together with our newly formed Social Justice Coalition, will redouble our efforts to advocate for meaningful change in the areas of criminal justice and policing,'' they added.

NBA players joined nationwide protests against Floyd's killing in Minneapoli­s in May last year, and the league later encouraged players to share social justice messages when the pandemic-interrupte­d season resumed.

The words ''Black Lives Matter'' were painted prominentl­y on courts at games staged in the NBA's bubble in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolv­es and Minnesota Lynx WNBA teams both praised the verdict in a joint statement.

''One year ago, George Floyd was murdered, causing unimaginab­le pain and trauma for his family, the Minneapoli­s community, and communitie­s across the nation,'' the teams said.

''We are hopeful that today's decision will serve as a step forward, but it does not ease the physical and emotional pain that continues in an environmen­t where systemic racism exists.''

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NBA PLAYERS were in the forefront of the Black Lives Matter protests.

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