NBA Players and Fans Rip Michael Porter Jr. After Controversial Tweet

Jan 30, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) reacts to his three point basket in the second half against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center.
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Denver Nuggets Rookie Michael Porter Jr. posted several tweets about the death of George Floyd –– a 46-year-old black man who died by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

During a series of tweets, Porter Jr. sympathized with George Floyd, before calling for prayer for the police officers involved in his death. 

Soon after, several NBA players responded to MPJ:

Clippers’ guard Lou Williams replied with a simple “Na.”

76ers Forward Mike Scott said, “hell [naw].”

Blazers Forward Maurice Harkless also showed his disappointment.

While retired player Stephen Jackson told Michael Porter Jr. to “sit [his] young privileged a** down” and to “pick a side.”

Porter Jr. grew up as a bi-racial Christian, raised by his black father and his white mother. His tweets embraced his Christian values, asking for forgiveness against wrongdoers.

Aside from the players, many fans supported Porter Jr., while many others disagreed, tagging his statement as “tone-deaf.”

Minneapolis’ police Chief terminated the four officers involved in the incident. Going forward, the FBI has begun investigations for further details on the death of George Floyd.

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