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How about a list of NBA players (One executive!) being accosted by the police since 2015.

It seems the Milwaukee Bucks is showing the NBA is a smaller world that certain folks spreading false narratives and propaganda. Some believe that inside the bubble believe the NBA players are safe. Why should they worry about an issue that does not apply to them? You know the phrase, “Shut and Dribble”.

Seems that these folks seem to leave recent history out of their comments. Look at the list of players that were unfairly treated by the police and other racial situations.

Thabo Sefolosha:

In 2015, Sefolosha had his right leg broken by the NYPD as they forcefully knocked him to the ground and handcuffed him. The alleged reason? Sefolosha was believed to aggressively escalating a confrontation because he did not clear the scene fast enough after an unrelated stabbing at a nightclub.

According to the New York Times, Sefolosha was later cleared of all charges and the city of New York paid him $4 million to settle a lawsuit over his false arrest.

In other news that may apply. This might be relevant.

Speaking of Milwaukee players, Sterling Brown and John Henson, let’s discuss them next!

John Henson:

According to ThinkProgress.com

"“As Henson approached the store, the jewelers locked the door and told him to go away. They didn’t answer when he rang the doorbell. They called the police, who proceeded to question Henson about his vehicle and intentions. They ran his license plates. Even after the police told the employees at Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers that Henson was an NBA player, they asked the police to stay around.”"

Sterling Brown:

In 2018, Brown was assaulted by Milwaukee police offers outside a Walgreens store.

Brown told his side via. ESPN.

"“Milwaukee officers targeted him because he is black when they used a stun gun because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets, as ordered while waiting for a parking citation. He first filed the lawsuit in June 2018 after body-camera footage was released showing a Milwaukee police officer stepping on his ankle during the arrest while others mocked his potential civil rights complaint.”"

Mike Scott:

In 2015, Scott and his brother was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies outside of Atlanta and was charged with two felonies after allegedly finding marijuana and other paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The judge dismissed the charges on account that Scott and his brother had been victims of racial profiling and that the sheriff’s deputies “did not enforce the law in a racially neutral manner.”

To make things worse, the HuffPost went deeper laying out the judge’s findings.

"“The judge said the country sheriffs did not have adequate reason to stop the car, nor arrest Scott, nor search his vehicle. The judge focused special attention on Brent Register, a deputy who had acted as a key witness in the case. To start, Register had provided ‘testimony that was in contradiction to admitted documentary evidence.’”"

Anthony Morrow:

In 2017,  Morrow alleged racial profiling when he was pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol. He claimed to USA Today that  they “Damn near pulled my car apart looking for drugs and money.” In the end, he was issued a warning for having tinted windows.

How about in the front office?

Masai Ujiri:

You are looking at Masai Ujiri, the man that constructed the roster that is the defending World Champion Toronto Raptors. When the Raps unseated the Golden State Warriors, Ujiri came down to celebrate with the team. The deputy got quite physical as you can see. Here’s the kicker, the deputy tried to sue.

So what now is the question? Read on to see what we think!