The NBA released a statement regarding the death of Tyre Nichols. The league also emphasized its commitment to ending police brutality and all other social issues facing the world.
On Friday night, law enforcement released two videos, body cam footage and traffic surveillance video, related to Nichols’ arrest. Nichols was a 29-year-old black man who died in the hospital a few days after his encounter with five Memphis police officers.
“The images of Tyre Nichols’ life unjustly cut short are horrific. Although steps toward accountability have been taken in this case, the NBA family remains committed to working with lawyers, policymakers and law enforcement to work toward solutions to the problems we continue to face.”, said the NBA.
“Our thoughts are with Mr. Nichols’ family and friends, the entire Memphis community and those affected by these tragic images and losses.”
Law enforcement stopped Tyre Nichols for reckless driving in early January, leading to an initial confrontation.
After he fled on foot, a second confrontation ensued when police caught and arrested him. The latest videos, however, showed how police officers brutally beat him, mercilessly beating the defenseless man as he called for help.
LeBron James, Chris Paul, and several NBA players have since reacted to videos showing what led to Tyre Nichols’ death. CP3 called for big changes in “all levels,” while James wrote that “WE ARE OUR WORST ENEMY!!!”
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