NBA commissioner: 'There are wounds in our country that have never healed'
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly addressed the ongoing violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd in a memo to league staffers on Sunday.

Pointing to teams such as the Washington Wizards addressing police brutality and racism in the days following Floyd's killing, Silver said that he was “heartened by the many members of the NBA and WNBA family ... speaking out to demand justice, urging peaceful protest and working for meaningful change," according to The Associated Press.

“Just as we are fighting a pandemic, which is impacting communities and people of color more than anyone else, we are being reminded that there are wounds in our country that have never healed,” he added in the memo.


Silver's statement comes as cities around the country have been engulfed by protests calling for action in response to Floyd's death, video of which shows a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the unarmed, handcuffed man's neck for several minutes.

The Wizards issued a statement on Floyd's death Sunday, vowing to no longer "tolerate the assassination of people of color in this country."

Key figures in the league, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey, have also weighed in in support of the protests.