Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers has been a big voice in the fight for social justice in recent years as he has encouraged everyone around him to fight for what is right. Rivers serves on the NBA social justice coalition board, which was formed in 2020.
On Friday, 18-year old Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts of homicide and reckless endangerment after shooting three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a protest.
Rivers told The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey that there should be no surprise on the verdict for Rittenhouse:
“I felt it was a 1960′s trial from the time it started,” Rivers said Saturday. “You know, it’s unfortunate. Our justice system is flawed. We keep being disappointed and keep having surprises, but nothing changes, and it’s sad.”
“But that was a 1960s trial from the time it started,” Rivers said, “and you could feel it and you could see it and everyone knew. I really think that’s why there wasn’t as much of an outcry as you thought, because the fix was in. And you felt that way.
“Like I said before, it would be interesting if a Black kid had been walking down the middle of the street with a machine gun. I do agree with one thing: There wouldn’t had been a trial.”