John Wall and Bradley Beal tell the story of bad police
Washington Wizards All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are familiar faces in the Washington DC Capital One Arena.
But with the exception of the Wizards’ home audience, both players suffered terrible off-court encounters like countless other African-Americans in the United States.
The Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics hosted a “We Stand Together” parade on Friday.
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Beal was able to tell some of his stories to reporters outside the stage from his encounter.
“I was stopped by four hoofs in the car before, and we were all searched because we were riding a black car in a white community. I went to an all-white school in high school,” Bill said.
He went on to add: “This happened two years ago. I was pulled to 495 and the police asked me to get off. I was actually on the side of the highway… my wife, I sat with a friend of mine In the middle of the highway, on one side, he walked up to me and said, “If I *** put you on the headline last Monday and arrest you immediately?” ‘I did nothing.
“But because I am an athlete or a black athlete, driving a good car, he thought of this. How should I respond? I will wake up with the ESPN title on Monday morning: “Bula Bradley Beal was arrested for interacting with the police. “But it did happen. This didn’t just happen to me. It was everywhere. We just need to stop knowing nothing about the fact that it exists.”
Both Bill and Wall participated in the peaceful parade from the Capital One Arena to the Martin Luther King Memorial.
Along the way, all participants shouted “Black people’s lives are important” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”
Wall also tells the story of his encounter with the Washington DC police after the Wizards practiced.
The police officer cited Wall’s turn signal problem and told Wall to delete his window tone at that moment.
When the police drove him out of the car, Wall was only a few steps away from home.
Once the onlookers noticed and determined that he was the Wizards’ point guard, the problem was resolved.
In a live Twitter discussion with the NBA on Friday, Wall said to Caron Butler: “I’m scared of being eliminated.”
“I met some people on Twitter and they said,’What is the reason you are afraid of being taken away, they might want to sign?’ I said,’No, that doesn’t work. I’m still a black athlete in this world , I know the development of things.’
He went on: “If I have to stop, I’m going to the gas station, or there are many people in the place I’m going to, with bright lights. And I dare not stop on the highway. You don’t want it to turn black at night and stop On the highway, because you never know what will happen.”
John Wall is currently recovering from Achilles injury and hopes to return early next season.
This post is written by Eric Magana