Some of the NBA's biggest stars lent their voices to speak up as one about gun violence in the United States.
The new public service announcement message features some of the league’s most celebrated players, including the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul.
In addition to the NBA stars, the ad by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Spike Lee also includes several survivors of gun violence, families of victims and others impacted.
“It was very important for me to be a part of that,” Chris Paul told USA TODAY. “Anytime I see that happen, the very first thing that I think of is my family, and having two kids, it’s terrible to see kids and people losing their lives day in and day out because of gun violence.”
Statistics indicate that 88 Americans are killed every day by gun violence. Since the NBA’s Christmas games are traditionally reserved for high-profile matchups and have a large viewership, it is the perfect opportunity to spread the crucial message.
The complete message will air on Christmas Day on ABC and ESPN.