With the entire world mourning the tragic death of George Floyd, Sixers’ Tobias Harris took it upon himself to lead by example as Philadelphia took part in the nationwide protests.
Harris joined the people of Philadelphia during a peaceful march on May 30th, even bringing along teammate Mike Scott via FaceTime. Harris was active during the march on social media, bringing attention to the fact that he was there and supportive of the cause.
Harris joins a long list of professional athletes who have begun speaking out against racism and police brutality. NBA players Karl Anthony-Towns, Jaylen Brown, Enes Kanter, and Josh Okogie have all marched in their own respective areas. While other notable Philadelphia-based athletes like Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson, Jalen Reagor, and Ben Simmons have made comments in their own ways.
Harris was brought to the 76ers at last year’s trade deadline, and he’s wasted no time making the city home. He donated over $600,000 to charities based in Philly in last October, and just this past May Harris made a COVID-19 related donation to “Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia”.
Philadelphia sports fans have long appreciated their team’s athletes giving back to the city, and seeing Harris embrace the community less than a year after being traded is a warm sight to see. With another four years left on his contract, the Sixers are in good hands when it comes to Harris and his strong leadership.
If you’d like to learn more about the current global protests, make sure to check out:
Liam Jenkins’: “EAGLES ARE LUCKY TO HAVE LEADERS LIKE CARSON WENTZ AND ZACH ERTZ“
Nick Faria’s: “Divided We Fall: Creating a Constructive Dialogue”
*Important note: Protests in Philadelphia have obviously turned violent the last few nights. It’s important to clarify that Tobias Harris was seen taking part in the city’s peaceful protests on Saturday, NOT the rioting which occurred later in the day.*
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