Thank You Jordan Clarkson For Bringing Extra Attention to Gun Violence


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Though it's been a rough year for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the local pro basketball fan base, guard Jordan Clarkson has been a recurring bright spot.

Disparaged as an overpriced and streaky me-first scorer, Clarkson has nevertheless been one of the few consistently competent basketball players on the roster this year. During the lengthy foot soreness of Kevin Love and the slow (though encouraging) progress of rookie Collin Sexton, Clarkson often carried the heaviest scoring burden by himself.

By season's end, he will either be the team's leading or second-leading scorer and will join Larry Nance Jr. as the only Cavalier in the team's top six in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

(The Cavs are, incidentally, still on pace to complete the worst shot-blocking season in NBA history, by an extraordinary margin.) 

After Monday night's loss to the Phoenix Suns, Clarkson, who tallied 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, wore a white t-shirt that said, simply: "STOP SHOOTING PEOPLE."

The message was in reference to the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hustle in Los Angeles Sunday. Clarkson felt the need to respond.

"In terms of everything, you have a black man that’s doing good for himself no matter his past or whatever he had done," Clarkson told "In his own neighborhood, started his own business, had his own thing going and he gets shot on a Sunday. It’s almost embarrassing to our culture and to us as people that we would do something like that."

Clarkson stressed that people needed to look at themselves in the mirror and grapple with what we do to each other as a species. His message Monday was one that extends far beyond Nipsey Hustle.

Thanks, from Scene, for bringing extra attention to gun violence. 

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