Matt Barnes is organizing a rally in Sacramento on Saturday in honor of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by police officers.
Head coach Steve Kerr said Friday the team can participate in the demonstration, and Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson planned to discuss it with the rest of the players on the way to Sacramento. The Warriors decided not to attend, league sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes, though Kerr reportedly reiterated they can if they wish.
"We definitely want to support it," Durant said, as quoted by Haynes. "Obviously, we have a job to do. We know how important that is. We definitely want to support Matt and everybody that's trying to take a stand, but we can do it in a different way other than going to the event ... But I definitely support what's going on."
Golden State's practice and team meeting could coincide with the event.
Barnes attended Clark's funeral Thursday and said the loss hit close to home for him as he hails from Sacramento and, like the 22-year-old victim, has two sons. The former NBA journeyman organized the rally in an effort to raise awareness of Clark's brutal killing, call for police accountability, and address the black-on-black crime that's devastating the community.
"I'm hoping for some unity at the rally to bring us together more peacefully," Barnes told The Undefeated's Marc Spears. "Let's not lose focus. Obviously, we lost Stephon Clark. But you got two young boys that are going to grow up without a father. Let's start a scholarship program for those kids to make sure they go to college. Another thing is obviously put pressure on the (district attorney) and the (local media), and obviously, the attorney general is involved now, to prosecute these cops."
Here's a PSA he made:
There's no indication the Kings will make an appearance at the rally. People have held peaceful protests in Clark's memory outside of Golden 1 Center, barring folks from attending two home games in the past week, with another demonstration planned ahead of Saturday's contest. The Kings are implementing enhanced security measures to ensure the safety of fans entering and exiting the arena.