Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony has been appointed to the NBA’s newly established Social Justice Coalition, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown will also serve alongside Anthony. The coalition — which was created after players protested in August in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin — will focus on a variety of social issues, including voting and criminal justice reform:
The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
Anthony has been outspoken about creating change in the country. He helped launch the Social Change Fund in July with Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade in order to “raise awareness, increase donations, and drive greater impact.”
Harrison Barnes and Tobias Harris have also been selected to serve on the new NBA Foundation, a fund “dedicated to creating greater economic empowerment in the Black community.”