CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the Locked On Cavs video in the player above is from Feb. 26, 2021.
With a new spotlight having been shed on anti-Asian racism in the United States, the Cleveland Cavaliers have issued a statement denouncing such acts.
The statement, posted to the Cavs' social media accounts on Monday afternoon, reads: "Acts of racism and harassment directed towards the Asian community must stop. Physical violence, verbal assaults and written words of hate in any form or level are not acceptable. Humanity, compassion and respect for all people and every community is the standard we must live by as we embrace the great value of diversity and understand how that makes us collectively better and stronger."
Over the course of the past month, anti-Asian discrimination has become a major topic of conversation in the United States after civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen posted a video on social media calling out national media outlets for not doing a better job of covering a recent wave of anti-Asian violence. As a part of the discussion that has since followed, former NBA guard Jeremy Lin, who is an Asian American, revealed that was called "coronavirus" while playing in the G-League.
On Monday, the Cleveland City Council approved a resolution "condemning all manner of racism, xenophobia, hate speech, intolerance, and discrimination in the City of Cleveland, especially against Asians and Asian American Pacific Islanders."
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On Monday's episode of Locked On Cavs, Chris Manning and Evan Dammerall discuss the following:
- Full recap of the Cavs' overtime victory over the 76ers on Sunday with a focus on MVP (Collin Sexton and Darius Garland taking home the award together), play of the game and stat of the night.
- Chris and Evan dive into Kevin Love not returning until after the All-Star break and why that makes sense, even if it's a bummer
- They then debate whether or not we should think of the Cavs' differently because they've won three in a row
- Evan joins Locked on Mavericks host Nick Angstadt of Locked on Mavs and Matt Schoch of Locked on Pistons for an Andre Drummond roundtable for WFAA in Dallas. In a small preview of that show Evan, Nick, and Matt discuss why the Mavericks should be interested in trying to trade for Drummond. They then go on to discuss what went wrong in his times with Detroit and Cleveland.
- The rest of the show will cover the positives of Drummond's game and the group then discusses possible trade scenarios involving the Cleveland big man.