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Dec 9, 2014 3:10 PM

Magic Johnson glad athletes using 'their voice'

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Magic Johnson says he's pleased pro athletes are supporting peaceful protests around the nation by using "their platform and their voice" at sports events.

The NBA great spoke Tuesday in New York, a day after LeBron James and several other players wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts before a Cavaliers-Nets game in Brooklyn.

The players said they were supporting of the family of Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold.

Johnson, a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, says athletes are "incredible stars that people will listen to." He hopes "African-American, law enforcement and government" leaders will meet to "bring about change."

Johnson spoke at Grand Central Terminal, the site of recent "die-ins" to draw attention to fatal encounters with police.


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