Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell opens up about being pulled over by white police officer

It’s been more than four months since Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell recovered from COVID-19.

And in a story in The Players’ Tribune Wednesday titled, “What’s Been On My Mind,” Mitchell opened up about his life in quarantine and about being pulled over by a white police officer while in college.

During his time stuck in his mother’s basement in Connecticut, playing video games, Mitchell thought about life and what matters to him. More than his family, friends and his basketball career, it’s being Black that’s important to him, as well. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor hit him hard.

“This is bigger than basketball,” Mitchell wrote in the story. “Everybody knows it in their soul. This moment that we are living in right now is more important than the NBA coming back. It’s more important than who wins the title.”


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