CJ McCollum calls for systemic change after Derek Chauvin verdict

CJ McCollum requires systemic modification after Derek Chauvin decision initially appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Guilty on all counts.

Those are the words that echoed through the Hennepin County Court house in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday after Derek Chauvin was condemned on 3 counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder for the death of George Floyd. The jury took 10 and a half hours to ponder prior to a decision was made. 

Individuals and companies throughout the nation shared their declarations soon after the news was revealed, consisting of lots of sports figures. Following the Blazers 113-112 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night, CJ McCollum resolved the Chauvin decision and the little gesture of justice.

However the Path Sports jackets safeguard understands the conviction won’t bring Floyd back or end the heartbreak felt by members of his household 10 months after he passed away under Chauvin’s knee and triggered an around the world demonstration motion. 

“As a Black man, it was hard for me to watch the videos, hard for me to kind of watch the trial,” McCollum stated. “Seeing stuff like that just isn’t good for my psyche at this stage in my life, but happy the family was able to get its proper due, obviously with the guilty verdict, but his life is still not here, he’s still not coming back.”

McCollum went on to keep in mind the function that the body-camera video played in Tuesday’s decision and why he thinks there’s a long method to enter holding cops liable to guarantee equivalent enforcement under the law.

“Obviously with the body cam and things of that nature, someone tweeted basically, we watched it in 4K, and it felt like a 16 seed beating a 1 seed in order for them to be a guilty verdict,” McCollum discussed. “I just don’t think it should be like that at this point in our lives, especially in America. I think going forward there’s probably thousands of cases in similar situations in which there is no body cam, there is no footage and it’s just a he-say, she-say situation where more often times than not, the cops get off…

But I think there’s a lot of change that needs to be done in terms of law enforcement.

– CJ McCollum

He also pushed for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a bill named in Floyd’s honor which seeks to strengthen police accountability and prevent officers from moving from one department to another through a national registry.

“I think the George Floyd Bill should be passed,” McCollum stated. “We’re taking steps in the right direction, but we have a long, long ways to go as a society, especially when it comes to law enforcement and how the Black and Brown people have been treated.”

McCollum remains committed to working to end systemic racism and injustice through his work as vice president for the NBAPA’s Executive Committee.  

“Just trying to spread the right messages, making sure everybody has the facts and figuring out what was going to happen in the event that it wasn’t a guilty verdict,” McCollum stated.

The NBA and NBAPA launched a joint declaration Tuesday calling Floyd’s murder a “flash point for how we look at race and justice in our country.” Like McCollum, the league and its gamers acknowledge there is much work to be done.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.