Jaylen Brown Marks New Era of Celtics Leaders in Black Lives Matter

Brown driving 15 hours to lead a protest in Atlanta against the killing of George Floyd places him in large shoes. Ones he's intent to fill.

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Bill Russell stories rang widely this week as the world in 2020 reflects on the activism of the 1960s. The atrocities Russell faced, including rejection in Boston, paralleled his leadership after Martin Luther King Jr. died and when the KKK flanked his basketball camps in the south.

Justin Poulin and Jon Duke weigh in on Jaylen Brown's move to take a stand against police brutality with the Black Lives Matter protests in Atlanta. Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to lead a group of protesters, rallying Malcolm Brogdon and other prominent Atlanta residents to join a march this month. The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter - @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook - http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA - http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

Jaylen Brown wants to fill those shoes, befitting a moment where basketball players consider whether this moment demands them being in the streets more than on the court. Brown drove 15 hours during the first week of the George Floyd protests, which continue into their third week following the death of Rayshard Brooks in Brown’s hometown of Atlanta.

“Jaylen can absolutely be the voice,” Justin Poulin said on CLNS Media’s Celtics Stuff Live. “I remember when Marc Spears did the piece before the draft. Everybody was like almost like, ‘eh he might be too smart. Too smart could be an issue’ … This team locked him up because they saw something in him.”

The seemingly inevitable return to NBA action in July shifted last week as Kyrie Irving, among others, wondered how to best use their voice right now. Brown supported Colin Kaepernick’s protests, detested the rhetoric of Donald Trump, spoke at Harvard and now organized a protest in Atlanta all before age 24.

That, along with his ascent into a 20.4 point per game scorer in 2020, already renders Danny Ainge’s last-minute extension of Brown a massive success. Brown continues a legacy of advancement and advocacy on the Celtics that spans back to their earliest days.

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The too-smart jab already appears a rhetoric from a time only several years ago where society expected athletes to stick to sports. As if people could not be multi-faceted, some likely wondered if Brown’s other focus would pull away from his progression on the court. The Celtics arguably reached for Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 Draft, now he’s shooting 49% from the field, nearly 40% from three and dunking on LeBron James.

Off the court, the two continue to work hand-in-hand, with James turning his focus toward voter advocacy in the wake of Georgia’s round of voter suppression last week.

“It’s his dedication, you can put that anywhere, he’s intelligent,” Poulin said. “It’s the dedication to his craft, the dedication to his community, the dedication to his team … there’s a commitment level to him and a level of responsibility.”