Carmelo Anthony to fellow athletes: 'Hashtags won't solve the endless cycle of violence'
In the wake of the July 7 sniper attack in Dallas in which an Army veteran killed five police officers during a protest over police violence against African Americans, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony admitted that he toiled over what to say and do.
Anthony is still not sure what role he has in a national epidemic, but the 32-year-old Brooklyn native and former Baltimore resident believes that athletes have influence and therefore some responsibility to stand up.
In an essay published on Wednesday in The Guardian, Anthony writes, "Hashtags won’t solve the endless cycle of violence that’s engulfed America." As for what to do going forward:
Last April Anthony marched in protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who died as a result of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody.