by on June 25, 2019
Sefolosha's leg was broken by police officers during an April 2014 arrest outside a New York City nightclub. "I had nightmares. I would wake up sweating in the middle of the night," he told GQ of the incident.
Following his description of the team's group message "going nuts" after getting word of Sefolosha's arrest and injury, Korver went on to say his reaction was a lot different, compared to his teammates.
"I sort of blamed Thabo," the Utah small forward said. "I thought, 'Well if I’d been in Thabo’s shoes, out at a club late at night, the police wouldn’t have arrested me. Not unless I was doing something wrong.'"
Kyle Korver #26 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Getty
As the Utah Jazz player continued to examine his reaction to Thabo's arrest, Korver then discussed the demographics of the NBA itself. The athlete then noted the NBA consisted of nearly 80 percent of players of color, saying "people of color have made this league into what it is today," but concluded that there's an inconsistency when the public only “tolerate” their causes.
"I believe that what’s happening to people of color in this country — right now, in 2019 — is wrong," Korver wrote. "The fact that black Americans are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black Americans are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white Americans is wrong."
He continued: "The fact that black unemployment rates nationally are double that of overall unemployment rates is wrong. The fact that black imprisonment rates for drug charges are almost six times higher nationally than white imprisonment rates for drug charges is wrong. The fact that black Americans own approximately one-tenth of the wealth that white Americans own is wrong."
"I believe it’s the responsibility of anyone on the privileged end of those inequalities to help make things right," Korver concluded.
Following the essay's publishing, Los Angeles Lakers small forward, Lebron James took to Twitter to "salute" Korver and called for people to "listen" and "just open [their] ears."
Salute my brother!! Means a lot. And like you said I hope people listen, just open your ears and listen
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