Kemba Walker is the latest NBA star to post heartfelt message demanding change in the U.S.

Published Add your comment

Football News

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker is the latest NBA star to speak his mind on The Players' Tribune in the wake of the tragedies that have consumed America as of late.

His team's owner, Michael Jordan, spoke out a couple of days ago in an effort to stop the brutality between African-American males and police offices in the country.

The six-time NBA champion made donations to both sides of the fence, while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - the NBA super friends - all made an impassioned speech at the ESPY awards a few weeks ago.

Have your say on GiveMeSport - NBA by taking part in our survey here:

The 26-year-old Walker believes it's time he did the same. In a post titled 'How can I help?', the face of the Hornets talks about how inspiring the words of Jordan and his peers have been. The post reads:

"How can I help?

"That’s what I’m thinking when I see Michael Jordan, the greatest to ever play the game of basketball and my team’s owner, speak up and take decisive action to help bring Americans together in a time of crisis.

"How can I help?

"That’s what’s going through my head when I turn on my TV and see Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James standing up for something important — speaking out, before millions, during prime time — and saying that enough is enough.

"How can I help?

"There’s been so much devastating news this summer, especially in the past few months: gun violence, police killings, Orlando. These tragedies are heartbreaking and discouraging — people losing their lives for no reason. No one deserves that.

"Enough is enough."

Walker goes on to suggest that players in the NBA are not just athletes, but role models who can have a profound influence on society. While there are many people throughout the country who are dedicated to change, precious few have the platform that many basketball stars do.

The New York-native also touched on the NBA's decision to move the All-Star weekend away from Charlotte next year. He insists he was excited about the prospect of the event, but fully supports the league's drive towards equality.

"The NBA has often been a leader in social conversations and change. The decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte is the most recent example of that.

"I was excited that my basketball hometown was going to host that game, as was the whole city of Charlotte. But more important is inclusiveness for everyone, particularly our fans — of all races, genders and sexual orientations. The same goes for players, those at the league level and every individual who works to grow our game, day in and day out. The NBA took a stand on principle and equality. I support that.

"The NBA acted. My fellow athletes have been making their voices heard. Now I’m speaking up."

It's a commendable post from Walker, who shows great poise, awareness and strength in his quest for change. We can only hope his words, as well as the many before him, can help American unite once again.

Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Chris Paul
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kemba Walker
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Michael Jordan

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again