Carmelo Anthony calls on fellow athletes to ‘step up’ following police, civilian deaths

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK – Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony issued a statement on his website Friday calling on his fellow athletes to “step up and take charge” in the aftermath of two civilian and five police deaths this week.

Anthony also posted the statement on his personal social media accounts.

Anthony explained his stance and said, “I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look, I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary.”

The NBA superstar emphasized that “the system” must be changed, and that his and his fellow athletes and supporters’ anger should be “towards the system.”

“We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right,” his statement reads. “Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work.”

Anthony also emphasized the need to band together in order to effect change.

“While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time,” Anthony’s statement reads. “We need each other.”

He then goes on to ask his fellow athletes to participate alongside him, no matter how they might feel about it hurting their reputations.

“We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy,” the statement said. “I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW.”

First off let me start off by saying " All Praise Due To The Most High." Secondly, I'm all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I'll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn't change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn't work. We tried that. I've tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn't work. We've all tried that. That didn't work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don't have a solution, and I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I'm calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There's NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can't worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

A post shared by Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) on