Sunday, September 25, 2011

NBA Cares About Troy Davis?

"The diameter of your knowledge is the circumference of your activity"
-Ras Kass, "Soul on Ice" Remix

How many NBA players joined Mario Chalmers on the Troy Davis issue?

It should be a no-brainer for NBA players to promote awareness of capital punishment since 80 percent of the players are black and the Death Penalty Information Center reported in 1998 that "Race is more likely to affect death sentencing than smoking affects the likelihood of dying from heart disease." Posting a message on Twitter or Facebook is so simple that there's a low barrier-to-entry for NBA players to get involved in this cause.

Why only one all-star and just 10 percent of the players from the Social Media Leaderboard tweeted about the case was discussed on the Miami HEATcast and won’t be re-hashed here. Since the NBA Cares program doesn’t care about the players right now, I’d like to use this space to shine some light on those players that cared enough about Troy Davis to promote his case to their followers.

Shout outs to: Donte GreeneAnthony MorrowJulian WrightTerrence WilliamsJeff GreenMario ChalmersJason RichardsonGrant HillGreg Monroe, Da’Sean Butler, Anthony TolliverKevin DurantSteve NashC.J. WatsonJames HardenVince CarterDeMar DeRozanJared DudleyDeAndre JordanT.J. FordDeJuan BlairMarquis DanielsChanning FryeJarrett JackTrevor Booker and Samardo Samuels.

This document lists all the tweets sent by NBA players from Hoopism’s Social Media Leaderboard.

This spreadsheet breaks down the numbers behind those tweets. Hopefully, those numbers will increase as more players comment on human rights issues in the future.

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