Former Chicago Bulls participant Craig Hodges, a teammate of NBA legend Michael Jordan, was at all times identified to be outspoken throughout his enjoying days, and even now throughout retirement.
Hodges needed Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson to boycott Sport 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals to ship a message within the combat for social justice as a result of African-American Rodney King was overwhelmed brutally by 4 white cops in Los Angeles three months earlier.
Hodges made an look on “The No-Sports Report” podcast on Wednesday to speak about what was happening throughout that point, and the nationwide protests at the moment taking place within the aftermath of George Floyd’s demise, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody Could 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for greater than eight minutes in a second caught on cellphone video.
“However, you already know, for me it was a kind of issues the place I had talked to Michael [Jordan] about opening up the identical manufacturing now we have abroad in America, and that is having the ability to produce sneakers and stuff right here, and that is the half that I felt like we sort of missed the boat,” Hodges mentioned on the podcast. “And so far as the 1991 championship on each ranges, Chicago and Los Angeles, two of the largest media markets — what would’ve occurred if we’d have mentioned, we wish to have a piece stoppage and we wish to change the situations of police and civilians?
“However at that time period, I used to be asking us to boycott with a view to create some kind of an possession, black possession throughout the league, having a league look reflective on the possession stage to what was on the courtroom,” Hodges added.
“And it continues right now. You realize, I seen yesterday, the place the league is speaking about some kind of racial justice committee or no matter. I am glad to see that. Hopefully, they’re going to herald Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and myself and different gamers who I am positive really feel like they’ve been castigated prior to now.”
In 2017, Hodges spoke to The Guardian concerning the combat for social justice, and he mentioned that he thought the basketball stars in his day have been “caught up in particular person branding fairly than a unified motion.”
In his ebook, “Longshot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter,” Hodges wrote that he instructed Jordan and Johnson that the Bulls and Lakers ought to sit out the opening sport, so “we’d stand in solidarity with the black group whereas calling out racism and financial inequality within the NBA, the place there have been no black house owners and nearly no black coaches even if 75 p.c of the gamers within the league have been African-American.”
Jordan instructed Hodges he was “loopy” whereas Johnson mentioned: “That’s too excessive, man.”
“What’s taking place to our folks on this nation is excessive,” Hodges replied on the time.
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