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Royce White Leads MN Protest

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  1. lnchan

    lnchan LeonardTX26
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    Posted without comment.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...0e4576-a34e-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

    MINNEAPOLIS — Royce White strode with calm determination in a black suit and white dress shirt, his lean frame, bald head and black beard impossible to miss at 6-foot-8. The chanting group of 200 behind him quickly swelled to thousands.

    This isn't exactly the crowd that the former National Basketball Association first-round pick thought he would be commanding at 29 years old, what might have been the prime of his career. It also might not be where one would expect a man with crippling anxiety to be standing as the world around him is engaged in a seismic shift, a violent tumult that has spread from his city to almost every other American metropolis.

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    After seeing the video, White texted a group of 30 Minnesota athletes, some of them college players, some of them current and former professionals. His message: It was time to get publicly involved with the struggle. Enough was enough.

    So they marched from U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, down to Interstate 35, where it passes over the Mississippi River. Dozens turned to hundreds turned to thousands, with White in the lead.


    Protesters, clad in black, cheered White in the middle of the highway Friday when he declared they had completed the sort of peaceful demonstration the television media “doesn’t want America to see.” But he also is not condemning the violence that has come with nightfall in Minneapolis and numerous U.S. cities this week. Rather, he wishes action had come sooner, perhaps even as Floyd went unconscious under the weight of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.

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    The 16th overall pick of the NBA’s draft in 2012, he bounded around the NBA’s developmental league and played in three games for the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-2014 season, but he didn’t score a single point. He later went on to win the Canadian league’s MVP award in 2017 and was a front-runner in 2018, but he was suspended and didn’t return after he was filmed by fans yelling “You’re a cornball!” repeatedly in deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson’s face.
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    But being outspoken in his grievances has been a hallmark of White’s professional career. The other is his fear of flying. White was open about an anxiety disorder and needing Benadryl and Xanax to fly. He largely navigated his professional career by taking buses to move between cities.

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    After Canada, he joined the Big3, helped developed the new 3-on-3 basketball league’s mental health policy — “Be Well” — and became an advocate for mental health in schools. He sees the issue of police violence and the protests as a mental health issue, an expression of anger in the face of disenfranchisement.
     
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    daywalker02 Easter Egg Hunter - Tell me why? نحن عائلة
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    Of course he did.
     
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    Royce White costed ghost ballers championship in big three.

    Royce White is that kid from home alone!
     
  4. RKREBORN

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    I wonder why he didn't protest around the airports?
     
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    Anything to get attention.
     
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    the scammer is still alive and roaming free? shame.
     
  7. Yung-T

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    Ppl even ridicule and curse him when he does something entirely for a good cause?

    Classy as always, Clutchfans.
     
  8. lnchan

    lnchan LeonardTX26
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    Must resist temptation to comment...
     
  9. daywalker02

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    Resisting the urge to troll.
     
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    No need to troll. Rioters have been trolling themselves the past 4 days. Only securing 45 4 more. Hallelujah!
     
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  11. raining threes

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    I guess those crowds must be causing him some real problems with his anxiety. LMAO

    #bewell
     
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