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Civil Rights Groups Advise NBA About Kansas City

Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Kansas City and local NAACP chapter send letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in light of the Toronto Raptors seeking a U.S. based home for the 2020-21 season. The correspondence suggests the NBA must consider relocating a franchise, even temporarily to a city where the mayor and board of police commissioners "have failed to demonstrate Black Lives Matter". The letter also expressed concerns about history of racial profiling by law enforcement.

The city responded with a statement that the city remains committed to serving residents and visitors, along with ensuring the safety of visiting professional sports as has been done for decades. Kansas City, along with Louisville and St. Louis, are amongst locations with facilities available to house a NBA tenant, all three cities also share fresh histories of incidents that sparked outrage and civil unrest.

The Raptors could literally seek to play anywhere and face the same arguments from segments of local leaders. Any team that were to play in Louisville would have to go to great lengths to address the Breonna Taylor tragedy on a daily basis.


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