VIDEO: Magic Johnson speaks eloquently on protest movement sweeping the sports world

WAR MEMORIAL GYM — Following Magic Johnson’s “Business of Basketball” speech on Wednesday night at the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center at USF, the five-time NBA champion and current president of basketball operations addressed the protest movement that has engulfed the world of sports.

“I think that they were put in a tough position because Colin [Kaepernick] was speaking out because a lot of our black boys were being killed,” Johnson said during his news conference, after his talk in front of a packed gym that had been moderated by Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors

“So, he wanted to express to everybody that, ‘Hey, things need to change.’”

“And also not just that, but also inner-city schools [and] the problems that we were having there. And it went from that to now a lot of guys on teams in the NFL taking knees and other sports as well.”

“What I’m looking for now, we’ve seen the protest. Now we need a solution. Because what I don’t want to happen is anymore of them losing their job[s] because they are protesting.

“I think they’ve raised a point, which is a great point. Now the owners, the players, need to come up with a solution that then makes everybody feel good and that now they can stand for the national anthem.”

“That’s what I’m looking for. Solution. Now stand. Now affect change in urban America.”

Check out Johnson’s comments in the video below…

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