When the Los Angeles Lakers took the court on Thursday for their first exhibition game, guard Quinn Cook had a special message on his shoes.

The DMV native sharpied the names of several Black men and women that have been killed recently as victims of police brutality and racial injustice.

On his left sole, Quinn wrote the name “Davon McNeal,” an 11-year-old and D.C. native who was murdered by a stray bullet on Saturday while attending a non-violence cookout organized by his mother.

On the inside of the shoe, Quinn wrote “George Floyd” and “Ahmaud Arbery.” Floyd was killed on May 25 while in the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Arbery was fatally shot by two white men while jogging in February.

Quinn’s right shoe had the name “Breonna Taylor” penned on it. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was fatally shot by Louisville police department officers, who have yet to be arrested. The final name that Quinn wrote on his shoe was “Rayshard Brooks,” a 27-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police in Atlanta in June.

The Lakers guard posted a video of his shoes on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts ahead of the exhibition matchup.

As the NBA is resuming its season in Orlando, the league has done plenty to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. On each court, the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ is painted across the top. Plus, the league has allowed its players to wear select statements on the backs of their jerseys instead of their last names.


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DMV native Quinn Cook honors Davon McNeal and George Floyd on shoes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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