"We love this country. It is this country that does not love us."

Doc Rivers, has spoken of the American racial situation on the verge of tears. "I believe in good policemen. My father was one of them."

If there is something that is marking the NBA season, beyond the coronavirus, it is racism. And the fight that is being generated from the death of George Floyd, which lit a wick difficult to extinguish and that even put the resumption of the best league in the world in danger. The phrase "I can't breathe" has resonated in the United States almost six years after Eric Garner was assassinated, also by a policeman, and the competition has made it possible that kneeling during the anthem is not a reason for sports discrimination within of the entity, as it happened with Colin Kaepernick, a football player, a few years ago.

Now, the situation has become dire again with the death of another African American, Jacob Blake, again at the hands of a policeman. The consternation over what happened has not been long in coming, and the desolation has been seen on the faces of many players, who continue to push to change the course of the November 2 elections and thus unseat Donald Trump from the White House. The North American president maintains an open war with an NBA more focused on the problem than ever, and the participation of the players in the protests, as well as the slogans they wear on their shirts or the constant peaceful displays of solidarity with racialized people, are assuming a historic milestone in a League more social than ever.

Blake's murder has reacted once again to the franchises, and many of them have again assured that the League should never have been resumed. "We didn't even have to come to this damn place to play," some say, while Adam Silver looks askance at some Raptors who have threatened to boycott the competition and not play their series against the Celtics, something whose solution seems craving very complicated even without having become a real problem. What is real is the social inequality that the United States is experiencing, immersed in a fight against the coronavirus treated with much controversy by government elites as it tries to demonstrate and influence an election that can remove Trump from the White House ... or keep one more legislature.

This is what Doc Rivers, coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, has talked about. Interviewed after the death of Jacob Blake, the technician declared almost with tears in his eyes a phrase that has been much commented: "They are hunting us. They are shooting us. We love this country. It is this country that does not love us", said Rivers, who has also spoken of the police role in the suburbs and the responsibility of the body in said murders, its members being responsible for both the deaths of Floyd and Blake as well as some others. Rivers, whose father was a police officer, has assured that for him, people in uniform can be good, and has stressed that they are there to protect them too. “My father was a policeman. I believe in good cops. We are not trying to take away your funding and take all your money. We are trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everyone else, "he said. A few more statements within a problem of enormous magnitude and to which the NBA is responding.

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