The Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks honored the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings on Thursday night with a moment of silence to “Stop Asian Hate.”
As Breitbart reported on Tuesday, Robert Aaron Long of Georgia, went on a shooting spree at two Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead and another wounded. Long was apprehended by Georgia State Patrol troopers after a brief pursuit.
Six persons of Asian descent were killed in the shootings, two white, and the person injured was Hispanic.
Yet, despite the fact that not all of the victims were Asian and the fact that Long stated that he targeted the spas because he saw them as facilitators for his sexual addiction, not because he was targeting Asians. The Lakers and Hawks decided to hold a moment of silence dedicated to stopping “Asian Hate.”
The Lakers held a moment of silence in honor of the eight victims of the Atlanta-area shootings.
They also shared a statement in support of the AAPI communities. pic.twitter.com/xn6rYavPIg
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The Lakers are apparently having none of Long’s explanation for the attacks. Nor are they acknowledging that people of other races were killed or harmed in the shooting. Before the moment of silence, the Lakers PA announcer specifically called the shooting an act of anti-Asian racism.”
The Lakers announcer said:
The Hawks announcer read a statement slightly less declarative than the Lakers statement.