These are unprecedented and challenging times we currently live in. The light that shines on police brutality and racism has never been brighter.
Recently, San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay spoke with Caron Butler about these topics and what he does to help break the stereotype.
Rudy Gay spoke that even though he is an athlete him, along with other athletes have “dealt with it too [racism and police brutality].”
When Gay first heard about the death of George Floyd, at the hands of the police, he was “numb to it” because it happens all the time. However, he does go on to say that this type of thinking is wrong and should not be the norm.
“Probable cause, to me, is not being black and driving a nice car," he said this while detailing one of his many experiences dealing with racism.
The Spurs forward summed up his experiences by saying, “Being black in America the narrative is, ‘If you have money then where did you get it?’"
He was asked what it was like being a father in this current environment we live in and he recalled what his mother would tell him before we went outside.
“Don’t go into these areas because you don’t belong. Stay away from the police," Gay said.
The topic of the stereotypical ‘absent father’ was raised and Rudy talked about trying to break that stereotype.
Said Gay: “You know that the stereotype is against you, you want to do better! Cycles can be broken.”