As we mentioned last night, Derrick Rose made a statement before the Chicago Bulls took on the Golden State Warriors by donning an "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt during warm ups. Rose wore the shirt in solidarity with Eric Garner, who unfortunately and tragically died when New York City police officers put him in a chokehold. The recent grand jury decision to not indict the officer has sparked protests and demonstrations all across the country. By wearing the shirt, Rose himself, joined the thousands that are protesting the decision. Many around the NBA have applauded Rose's decision including LeBron James who may be looking to wear a similar shirt tomorrow night against the Brooklyn Nets. Besides for James, Rose's teammates Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson stand behind his choice to wear the shirt. From ESPNChicago:
"I knew that Derrick was going to put that T-shirt on," Bulls center?Joakim Noah?said. "I think he has every right to express his beliefs. He told me that he was going to wear it. I respect Derrick a lot. I think he's definitely making a statement by wearing it. That's my guy." Noah said he thinks it's important that professional athletes use their platforms to make social statements. "Yeah. If that's what he wants to do, I respect it," Noah said. "I think a lot of people feel that way. When you wear a T-shirt with a statement everybody's going to know how you feel about it. I respect Derrick 150 percent and I'm riding with him ... a lot of people feel that way. It's really sad what happened. Police brutality is something that ... it happens. Not every cop is a bad person. Not every black person is a bad person. You can't judge people. But he definitely made a statement by wearing that T-shirt." Bulls power forward?Taj Gibson?was also happy to see Rose express his beliefs on the floor. "I thought it was great," Gibson said. "I thought it was just him speaking his mind, speaking out. It's a good thing for a positive movement."
Rose is often quiet and reserved, case in point he didn't even talk to the media last night or offer any comments on his shirt, but this is exactly what he is known to do. Lead by example which in Rose's case means actions speaker louder than words. If Rose is able to convince James to also put on an "I Can't Breathe" shirt tomorrow, then his actions are definitely being heard.