NBA players speak up on Baltimore civil unrest; Paul Pierce: ‘reminded me of L.A. riots’

These are trying times in Baltimore, and a range of professional athletes with ties to the local community have spoken on the civil unrest. Carmelo Anthony made an impassioned plea on Instagram:

We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o

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Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton hosted community activities in Baltimore on Tuesday in an effort to promote healing:

Several members of the Washington Wizards, the closest NBA team to Baltimore, added their perspectives on the situation, via the Washington Post. Most prominent among them was Paul Pierce.

 “I just think it’s really upsetting when you see a community just go out and burn down stores and trash cars," said Pierce. "Those are some of the things that I saw on the news but I also saw some positive things. Some of the people rallying together for a cause. It’s funny because I sent out on Twitter yesterday that it reminded me of the L.A. riots. … At the end of the day, the riots were all over and you looked up and the stores that we go to weren’t there anymore. It’s pretty much a lot of vandalism and it really didn’t help the cause.  So I understand the mindset but it really isn’t helping the cause when you destroy the things in the places that we know and that we live in. So the people of Baltimore, I just wish there could be some resolve to this.”

And John Wall added his voice on Twitter:

(h/t Washington Post)

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