Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier lend voices to Boston protests

Rob Bradford
June 01, 2020 - 6:33 am

A day after Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours to Atlanta to help lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta in honor of George Floyd, fellow Celtics Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart and Vincent Poirier joined those gathering in Boston to help lend their voices to the cause.

"It’s not right,” Smart said Sunday on a video posted by NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely. "So we’re going to have to come out here and let our voices be heard because we stand for the truth. We stand for justice. And we won’t stop until we get justice, and that’s really what this is all about. “And I just want to say to everyone who thinks this is something more than it is, it’s not. Despite color or gender, the truth is the truth, justice is justice — and justice hasn’t been served. And people are pissed off about it. So we’re here to keep George Floyd’s name alive and keep it going in his legacy. And you know, something has to change, and we’re here to make a change."

Late Sunday night, the Celtics issued a statement regarding the protests:

The players' participation were during the peaceful portion of the protests with Boston experiencing a violent turn as the night progressed.