CHICAGO (TheBlaze/AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wore a black "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt during warmups before playing the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
The shirt refers to a black New York man who died July 17 after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold when he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
A grand jury decided it would not indict the officer in Eric Garner's death. A videotape recording of the arrest showed Garner gasping, "I can't breathe" during the fatal encounter. Thousands have protested the grand jury decision around the country since the announcement of the decision on Wednesday.
Rose was averaging 16.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds entering Saturday.
Five St. Louis Rams football players greeted the hometown crowd last weekend with their hands up in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri, protesters over the fatal shooting in August of a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by white police officer Darren Wilson.