Mike Conley was set to give his introductory press conference after signing the biggest monetary contract in NBA history.
During the presser, Conley decided to address a national issue, instead of keeping the focus solely on the particulars of his deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The rock solid point guard is apparently concerned about the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as five policemen gunned down in Dallas, that interrupted a protest to the shootings.
He took the microphone at what was probably his biggest platform, and spoke with reporters.
This is supposed to be the most exciting time for me. You know, getting a new contract, getting to come back home to Memphis. But I haven’t celebrated. I haven’t celebrated, not one day, in light of all the events that are going on in this world and in America.
I mean, for me, it’s hard to wake up knowing that this injustice is still going on. The violence against police officers and the violence against innocent citizens has to stop. We have to make a change. However hard that is, however uncomfortable it is.
And it’s not comfortable for me to sit up here and talk to you about it, to be honest. I’m a quiet guy. You all know that. I’m very reserved. But at the same time, as much as I want to lead by example, I know when it’s time to speak up, and right now is that time.
Mike Conley is one of many athletes who are using their national notoriety to call for action and change, in the wake of recent events of violence, in hopes of sparking a revolution of positivity and a better look at what they can do to help the process along the way.
You can see Conley’s presser below: