Black Lives Matter: What British basketball is saying

The British basketball community has been showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the sickening death of George Floyd in the USA.

Players, coaches, fans and others are making their voices heard as the conversation evolves into how to bring change closer to home and addressing issues within our game.

Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett outlined the organisation's position on being fighting racism..

And BE is reaching out to figures in the game to open up discussion about what basketball needs to do to improve.

More to come on that, but below are just some posts from the many on the subject in recent days.

John Amaechi - former NBA star, psychologist


Benny Bonsu - Basketball England Board Member

Myles Hesson - Great Britain Men's captain

Rheanne Bailey - Manchester Mystics captain

Carl Wheatle - Great Britiain Men

Kyle Johnson - Great Britain Men, London 2012 Olympian

Jasmine Joyner - Nottingham Wildcats

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“Don’t just talk about the change, BE ABOUT IT.” 🖤✊🏿 Thanks to BBC News UK for allowing me to speak on the struggles of racism that’s not only happening in the United States but the United Kingdom as well. I used my voice to express the hardships of being a black person in this world, and what the Black Lives Matter Movement means to MY people. •I’m not asking you to be anti-white or hate anyone that’s not black. I’m not asking you to sacrifice your life. I’m simply asking you to SPEAK UP. I’m asking you NOT TO STAY SILENT. Speak up when you see acts of racism around you. Educate one another about the topic of racism. Be ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST in your thoughts and actions. Spread love! I’m asking you, if you’re not black, to use your privilege for change. Change can’t be made when you’re quiet, only when you’re active. Below I’ve listed a few ways you can start to make a change today! Ways to help ♥️🖤 • SIGN PETITIONS ETC. Justice for George Floyd, Colors of Change, Justice for Breonna Taylor, Justice for Ahmaud Arbery @ CHANGE.ORG •DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS ETC. Campaign Zero, George Floyd Memorial Fund, Black Visions Collective •VOTE..VOTE..VOTE!!!!! •Use Social Media to Educate those around you by sharing Resources. •Identify Privilege and Condemn it. •Stop supporting organizations that promote HATE. •Lastly, Support Black Businesses, Black People, Black Lives Because Black Lives Matter ✊🏽 ✊🏾✊🏿 Also Thanks to @siobhanprior_4 for making this interview possible 💚💛 #NWFam

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British Basketball League

Jamell Anderson - Leicester Riders

Orlan Jackman - Team England, Essex & Herts Leopards

Pops Mensah-Bonsu - former NBA star, Capital City Go-Go GM

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We are Black Men! ... We build .... We don't tear down other Black Men! We have felt the pain of being torn down and we have decided we will be deliberate about building others! If I didn't tag you please don't be offended. I tried to pick people who I thought would do this challenge !! All too often we men find it easier to criticize each other, instead of building each other up. With all this negativity going around let's do something positive !! * Upload 1 picture of yourself ... Only you. Then tag as many brothers to do the same. Let's build ourselves up, instead of tearing ourselves down. COPY&PASTE, If I tagged you, don't DISAPPOINT me !!

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Harriet Welham - Ipswich

Mbongeni Greg Mpofu - Lancashire Spinners coach

Drew Lasker - Team England, Newcastle Eagles

Danny Evans - Great Britain Men

Ipswich Basketball Club

Billy Beddow - Kent Crusaders

Joe Ikhinmwin - London Lions