On Tuesday, the Derek Chauvin verdict brought some much-needed respite to the family of George Floyd and the black sporting community in the NBA. The former police officer was accused of murdering George Floyd last year. After the verdict, Shaquille O’Neal spoke about how America is slowly progressing to an ideal state.
He said, “Justice was served. However, we still have a long way to go. The fact that we were sitting there, not knowing what was gonna happen shows the situation we are in right now.”
He continued, “We expected that the outcome was gonna be like this, but we expected this a lot of times and the outcome was different. I was just hoping they do the right thing, cause if they don’t, they would’ve teared all this up. That is because we are tired. I am happy for the family but we still have a long way to go. You celebrate it, but we still have a lot of room to grow here.”
"The fact that we're sitting there not knowing what's going to happen, that still means we have a long way to go."@SHAQ on Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/QU8WKmYiNP
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 21, 2021
The endless saga of police brutality stems from the systemic racial profiling in the country. This threatens to tear the very fabric of the American state. The issue has been acknowledged by everyone including President Joe Biden. However, the problem still runs rampant in many parts of the country This had sparked an enormous rage in people across the country.
The police have been given the power to shoot before apprehending a person. And they are using it in the worst way possible. Thus the conviction of Derek Chauvin, in this case, brings some sort of an indication that the country is finally on the right track.
People from the world of basketball have come out and applauded this verdict. Players like Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, and Steve Nash have all come out along with Shaquille O’Neal to appreciate this result. Change has to begin somewhere. It is for the better of the Nation that it has started now.
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