Doc Rivers has formally been the Sixers’ head coach for lower than per week, however he is already being referenced in speeches by presidential candidates.
Rivers was quoted by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Biden’s speech referred to as for unity throughout the nation, together with racial therapeutic and equality, one thing that has been the forefront of the nationwide dialog this summer season.
This is how Biden tied Rivers into his speech:
“Doc Rivers, the basketball coach, was choking again tears when he mentioned, ‘We are the ones getting killed. We are the ones getting shot. We have been hung. It is superb how we’re loving this nation, when this nation doesn’t love us again.’ I take into consideration that. I take into consideration what it takes for a Black particular person to like America. That may be a deep love for this nation, that has for much too lengthy by no means been acknowledged.”
The second Biden was referencing got here in the course of the Clippers’ playoff run this season within the NBA Bubble in Orlando. Rivers was reacting to the capturing of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin in late August.
Quite a few Sixers had been vocal in calling out systemic racism, and pushing for social change, this summer season.
Harris and Sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle had been amongst numerous Philadelphia athletes to affix in nationwide marches and protests towards systemic racism and police brutality, significantly towards Black individuals and minorities.
Earlier this month, Sixers star Ben Simmons endorsed Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris within the 2020 U.S. election. The election is scheduled for Nov. 3.