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Karl-Anthony Towns pens article on Charlottesville, racism

Apr 1, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots the ball during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Target Center. The Kings won 123-117. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

In a piece published Friday morning on The Player’s Tribune, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns wrote about how the recent events in Charlottesville impacted him.

Towns wrote:

“In Charlottesville, I think we saw a more visible form of racism. We don’t see it so public very often, but that kind of hate is sadly … kind of normal. Obviously I don’t mean normal as in acceptable. It’s not. It’s evil. I mean normal as in this is nothing new in our country. It’s something we experience or hear about growing up. America has been struggling with racism since Day One. Our country is built on this. It’s our history.”

The 21-year-old center said race has been a discussion in the Timberwolves’ locker room recently, especially after the Philando Castile verdict. Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer while his girlfriend filmed the incident on Facebook Live.

Towns wrote:

“My Timberwolves teammates and I talked about Philando after that tragedy and his name came up now and then over the last season — because, with that incident, it felt personal. It was a Twin Cities thing. It hit close to home. I don’t remember exactly what we said, but it was kind of like this: We’re all sitting there, as minorities in a league that’s mostly minority, and we’re wondering, What if I didn’t play in the NBA … would that be me?”

Towns also criticized the president’s response to Charlottesville, saying that denouncing white supremacy should have been a “layup.”

NBA players and coaches have consistently been critical of the president over the last year and the NBA champion Warriors are unlikely to visit the White House to celebrate their victory.

Towns acknowledges in his article that speaking out may draw some criticism from fans, but says commenting on social issues is important for athletes. He wrote:

“They’ll say “stick to sports” and woo-woo-woo. But I believe the culture is changing when it comes to athletes speaking out on the things that really matter.”

You can read the entire article here

  • Jonah

    Good article, KAT. It was a measured response against the evil of racism and not a partisan piece. I encourage anyone who feels like being mad at him to actually read it.

  • Based God

    KAT is the man. We need more powerful people like him to stand up to Trump’s bigotry and stupidity.

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    • IrreverentOne

      And we need more intelligent people to stand up against the asinine Democrats like Pelosi, Waters, Schumer and Wasserman-Schultz whose ignorance is being displayed daily. 1500 ESPN needs to keep the sports articles about sports and leave the politics out.

      • Based God

        Trump is a traitor and a racist. Only racist morons support him. Anyone that tells people to stick to sports is a moron.

  • Topgunn

    I agree with you Jonah. KAT’s article was very measured and mature.


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