Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins spoke to the press an hour before the police cam video was released to the public where Memphis police officers were beating Tyre Nichols, and it seemed like he expected what was going to happen.
Taylor Jenkins spoke from the heart
Jenkins tried to use the right words to convey the strong feelings of the people as Tyre was being brutally struck by law enforcement officials and his message was deeply felt by his team and is intertwined with the Memphis community.
Nichols was mercilessly beaten by the police on January 7th and died three days after, while the five police officers who participated in the atrocious act were fired, they are being charged with second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, aggravated assault, and official oppression. And according to Associated Press, two of them plan to plead not guilty.
Jenkins said “We can’t wait to get back home to put our arms around everyone in Memphis”
“Our team has sat and talked at length multiple times about what’s happened, what’s going to happen and we’ve been on the road the whole time,” Jenkins commented before the Memphis Vs. Minnesota game
He elaborated “It’s hard to grasp what our city is going through right now. We can’t wait to get back home to put our arms around everyone in Memphis as they struggle with a loss of life, a senseless loss of life.”
“Obviously terminations have happened, the D.A. has handed down counts of second-degree murder, but there’s so much more to be done,” Jenkins said. “There’s so much healing that needs to be done. There’s a lot of work to be done to continue to bring our city together to move forward, to heal.”
“It just reminded me, it’s going to remind our players, our staff, obviously of the opportunity we have to continue to be a beacon of hope for our city,” Jenkins said.
There’s so much healing that needs to be done
Minnesota Timberwolves held a moment of silence prior to the game as did the Milwaukee Bucks did to pay their respects to Nichols, his family and the public who is deeply moved due to these acts of police brutality.