STrib: Ex-Gophers star Amir Coffey is with Clippers in the bubble as NBA play resumes


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The NBA’s return to games Wednesday for the first time during the pandemic means players have another platform to bring attention to racial inequality and social injustice.

Former Gophers guard and Los Angeles Clippers rookie Amir Coffey has a pulse on what his teammates could do to raise awareness for change. He's with the Clippers in the bubble in Orlando this week.

“I think we have a pretty good spotlight here,” Coffey said during a recent video conference call from Orlando. “The NBA is working with the players and just keeping the dialogue open, asking what we can do, asking what we want to happen. They're definitely working with us on it.”

The league and its players decided that Black Lives Matter would be painted on the main court where games are played in Orlando.

Coffey said he knows some Clippers are going to have messages on their jerseys to continue the social justice conversation that was ignited worldwide after George Floyd’s murder in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
“I think at that point people were fed up,” Coffey said the reaction since Floyd. “It kind of just sparked the outrage at that point in time. … Every life lost that's happened thus far has been the same. There's been an outpouring for everybody. This one was just nationwide outcry, and it was just the media covered it more than any of the other ones.”

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