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Celtics' Jaylen Brown leads peaceful protest in Atlanta

Celtics' Jaylen Brown leads peaceful protest in Atlanta 1

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said he drove 15 hours from Boston to his home state of Georgia to lead a peaceful protest Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd.

Brown, who streamed part of the march live via his Instagram account, marched with a megaphone while holding a sign that read “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who pleaded he could not breathe while a white former Minnesota police officer knelt on his neck.

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Floyd’s death Monday has sparked protests against police brutality, as well as riots, in cities across the United States.

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“I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” Brown said in an Instagram video.

“Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn’t exclude me from no conversation at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.”

Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, teammate Josh Okogie and former NBA player Stephen Jackson, a longtime friend of Floyd’s, took part in a demonstration Friday in Minneapolis.

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