Why Jaylen Brown is shutting down Instagram ahead of NBA restart

Ryan Hannable
July 11, 2020 - 8:33 am

The Celtics are in Orlando preparing for the NBA restart and to help himself stay focused, Jaylen Brown is shutting down his Instagram account.

Brown explained his reasoning when speaking to reporters on a Zoom call Friday.

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“For me, I’m just trying to find a routine to just pass the time,” he said. “I’m not trying to be on social media. I deactivated my Instagram account, not because I feel like it is a distraction, but until I get a routine I want to not pick up bad habits and things like that. Just being a video game or etc. I feel like we’re down here with a purpose.

"I want to educate myself. Spend time doing research, spend time talking to my teammates or other people in the NBA trying to figure out how we can all come together and use our time to divert our attention to things outside of basketball. While we’re down here, we got nothing but time. So I’m trying to make myself available to any players that are around and might have questions or anything they want to build off of, and also my teammates as well. So we can figure out ways to put our heads together and be a part of change.”

The Celtics forward was also asked about DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic social media posts and athletes expressing themselves in the right way.

“I want to encourage entertainers to not be discouraged by what happened with DeSean Jackson and continue to use your voice and platform,” he said. “Just use it responsibly. Do your research, ask questions, call up people to talk about things. And when you feel comfortable talking about it, talk about it. But I won’t let that example quiet my voice or quiet anybody’s voice around us.We have influence, we have obligations to our community, and things like that. Some people look at me as a voice for the voiceless. So I want to continue to do that and encourage my brothers that are here in this bubble to do so as well. But, you know, challenge yourself to do some research, challenge yourself to not be distracted by social media or video games all the time. And spend just a little bit of time just to educate yourself on whatever it is that you choose to play for on the back of jersey.”

Boston will take on the Bucks July 31.

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