George Floyd's funeral was held this week in Houston. He was remembered as a father, a brother, a mentor and an athlete. He spoke at the funeral:. Your team must be pretty good. Floyd played college basketball at what was then known as South Florida Community College. And his death at the hands of police has inspired a loud response from the sports world. Last week, North Carolina Central University head men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton called out college coaches who make millions a year off the talents of young, mostly Black, athletes and yet don't speak up against racism and police brutality. That's easily identifiable. But it's the guys that's pretending to say they love and care for us that's not speaking up on our behalf. That's the danger.
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North Carolina Central University men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton expresses his displeasure with the silence of the white Power 5 coaches in regard to African American issues outside of sports. As the country continues to face the aftermath of George Floyd's death, North Carolina Central men's basketball head coach LeVelle Moton said the silence of white Power 5 basketball and football coaches is alarming. On ESPN Radio nearly a week after Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Moton said white Power 5 coaches in both sports tend to care about African Americans when they're on their teams but don't offer the same concern when African Americans die at the hands of law enforcement officers. But whenever people [who are] the complexion of George Floyd are killed, assassinated, murdered in the street in broad daylight, they're silent. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo released a statement Saturday reflecting on recent events, saying, "I can't stay silent. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes per the viral video that captured the incident, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday. Chauvin and three other officers who were involved in the incident, including two who helped Chauvin hold Floyd down, were fired. Protests have erupted throughout the country, beginning in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, and spreading throughout major cities.
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On March 25, , arguably one of the greatest players in school history was elevated from Assistant Coach to the position of Head Coach, becoming the 17th to be named in that spot in the program's history. In , the Eagles accomplished something that had not been done before in school history as it clenched a third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance by winning the MEAC Tournament for a third-straight year. The Eagles achieved another top-three regular season finish and stayed true to their defensive principles as they finished second in the league by holding opponents to just They also led the league by holding opponents to just In , the Eagles caught fire in Norfolk and went on a run to win back-to-back MEAC Tournament championships for the first time in program history, earning consecutive berths into the NCAA Tournament for the first time as well. The Eagles also made history with their first win over an SEC opponent with a wire-to-wire win at Missouri. NCCU went on a game win streak during conference play, the second-longest win streak in the Division-I era. The Eagles continued to pride itself on defense by being second in the nation in three-point defense, allowing just
He was a former player at North Carolina Central, having graduated in Moton was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16, His mother and grandmother raised LeVelle and his brother in the rough era of the crack epidemic. One time, as a youth, Moton attempted to sell drugs to provide for his family, a local druglord told other dealers he would punish them if they hired Moton. He and his family lived in Lane Street projects which was right down the street from the Boys Club of Raleigh. Moton started attending the Boys Club and credits it with being one of the things that saved his life and kept him off the streets.