NBA players and coaches disappointed but not surprised after Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict


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NBA players and coaches disappointed but not surprised after Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the organization “will continue to strive for improvement” following the jury’s verdict Friday that Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and wounded two men during protests in Kenosha. , Wisconsin (last year), was acquitted of all charges.

The Bucks met as a team before Friday’s 96-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and while forward Khris Middleton declined to go into detail about the conversation between them, he maintained that they never discussed not jumping onto the floor on Friday. .

“We talked a little about [el veredicto] as a team, “Middleton said after Friday’s game.” Speaking for myself, it was definitely disappointing, but at the same time, the verdict really wasn’t surprising. Saw [el juicio] a little bit and I was able to keep up, but it’s something I think we’ve all seen over and over again, “he added.

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant appeared to share Middleton’s opinion, tweeting, “not at all surprised.” Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet also indicated that he was not surprised, but added that he also did not want Friday’s verdict to be discouraging.

“I think we have to continue to use the tools that we have at our disposal,” VanVleet said. “I think things are changing and will continue to change, but we cannot lose sight, we cannot lose focus, we cannot lose hope.”

Rittenhouse had been charged with manslaughter, attempted murder after murdering Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28, with a semiautomatic rifle during the tumultuous night of protests.

Rittenhouse, who is white, like the ones he shot, pleaded in self-defense. He could have been sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, first degree murder, or what some other states define as first degree murder.

The anonymous jury, whose racial makeup was not disclosed by the court but appeared to be overwhelmingly white, deliberated for about three and a half days.

“The system is broken,” Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota tweeted.

“I’m still trying to do something better in our country,” Budenholzer said before Friday’s game. “Hoping to improve. From an organizational point of view, continue fighting for social justice, for the better. But at the same time, we must abide by the jury, the decision and the verdict and continue fighting to improve.”

League coaches echoed Budenholzer’s comments for something better on Friday.

Protesters gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn around Friday’s game between the Nets and the Orlando Magic.


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