Community Voices

Community Voices: Patty Mills links up from the Bubble to discuss experiencing racism in the NBA and more


As a part of our commitment and responsibilities as an ally, we intend to highlight and amplify black voices within our community. Each week, we’ll be introducing you to a new guest who will be diving into important topics about the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We hope that you will find this series educational and empowering. This week we linked up with Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs to discuss his decision to donate his remaining salary back to Black communities of need, the unique experiences he had growing up Indigenous in Australia and even some of the recent racism he has faced in an NBA arena.

— One of the big decisions for players in the NBA was around if returning to the court would take away the momentum of the BLM and social justice movement. Was it a difficult decision for you to decide to play?

— Donating your remaining salary back to various black communities in need was an extremely powerful decision. How did you come to the choice to do so?

— Growing up in Australia, you have openly discussed some of the racism you felt and experienced. How did those experiences help shape your involvement and support of the BLM movement.

— Even in the last few years you had a very public experience with racism in an NBA game. Do you think the average person realizes how common these occurrences can be for people of color?

— Tell us about your Indigenous Basketball Australia initiative and what it means to you.

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