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Vanessa Bryant calls for people to ‘spread love’ amid George Floyd protests

The country is protesting. Vanessa Bryant suggests spreading love

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In this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. Dozens of athletes in recent weeks have responded to confrontations between authorities and black citizens in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere by wearing T-shirts bearing such statements as “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2014 . Dozens of athletes in recent weeks have responded to confrontations between authorities and black citizens in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere by wearing T-shirts bearing such statements as “I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Vanessa Bryant has called for people across the country to “spread love” as protests and riots continued over the weekend.

What’s going on:

  • Protests continued across multiple U.S. cities this weekend, hitting Salt Lake City, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and more. The protests began in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis.

  • Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, shared a message on Sunday that called for people to spread love.
  • Vanessa Bryantposted a photo of Kobe Bryant wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt, which was snapped when NBA teams wore such shirts in protests to the death of Eric Garner, who was killed in 2014 after a police officer put a chokehold on Garner, killing him.

  • Vanessa Bryant wrote: “Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER ❤️”

A similar post from LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron Jamesposted a photo of himself wearing that same “I Can’t Breathe” shirt over the weekend. He captioned the photo, “STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤.”