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05/31/2019

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Kolapo Ojebuoboh

In Korver's essay, in 2015 when he and fellow teammate Thabo Sefoloshia arrived late in New York as players for the Atlanta Hawks, Thabo was arrested by the NYPD and due to the use of excessive force they broke his leg. As Korver recalls the ordeal he remembers that the first thought that entered his mind wasn't for his teammate’s welling or why he was arrested, he was concerned about why Thabo was at a strip club on the day of a back-to-back NBA games. He also recalls the shame and embarrassment of not immediately thinking of his friend’s well being, He also recalls a situation with Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook when the Thunder played the Jazz in Utah, anyone who follows sports has heard the story Russell got into a shouting match with a fan and again, Korver recounts that he didn't really think about the situation, he thought that the situation wasn't that serious as he thought that was just Russell being Russell always interacting with fans. But as the information became public he began to think that he, being a successful white basketball player would always be a sort of ‘double agent’ in the means of that he can be friends with every famous athlete of color but he would always be a person that would be able to tilt to either side of the ledge. So as a means to remedy that and make people of all backgrounds understand the situation the NBA wears black themed tee-shirts during Black history month to promote equality in the whole NBA.

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