Kansas Metropolis is likely one of the locations that has popped up as a possible dwelling to the Raptors subsequent season if they will’t play in Toronto. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes needs it to occur.
Civil rights teams within the metropolis despatched a letter to the Raptors warning them about police brutality and social justice points within the metropolis, questioning if the NBA needs to be related to that, stories KMBC Information in Kansas Metropolis (hat tip Hoopshype).
Three civil rights teams in Kansas Metropolis are cautioning the NBA in opposition to contemplating KC as a brief dwelling for the Toronto Raptors for the upcoming season. The City league of Higher Kansas Metropolis, Southern Christian Management Convention of Higher Kansas Metropolis and the Kansas Metropolis, Missouri chapter of the NAACP wrote a letter to the NBA commissioner.
The letter says partly, “though Kansas Metropolis is a good sports activities metropolis, it’s also a metropolis the place regulation enforcement has demonstrated excessive hostility and extreme pressure in the direction of Black individuals.” It additionally says racial profiling by police is a routine prevalence in Kansas Metropolis, and that metropolis management has didn’t take significant motion with regard to “the police division and the police chief’s disregard for the humanity of Black individuals.”
Kansas Metropolis is a protracted shot to land the Raptors, however that’s extra on account of geography than social justice points. The Raptors play within the Atlantic Division with Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Brooklyn. Location is why Newark makes loads of sense for Toronto, however Buffalo additionally comes nearer. Whereas the shortened 72-game season might function a extra balanced schedule, that’s nonetheless loads of journey to get to Kansas Metropolis from the japanese seaboard.
Social justice points will play a job within the resolution as nicely, it’s a part of what sunk the thought of Louisville because the Raptors dwelling (Louisville was dwelling to Breonna Taylor, who was shot in her dwelling throughout a police raid, resulting in mass protests within the metropolis). The letter about considerations in Kansas Metropolis shall be heard.
It could simply be one other factor that finally ends up dooming the Raptors in KC.
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