The Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the Memphis Grizzlies in Tulsa on Thursday for a preseason game. During warmups, OKC wore shirts embroidered with TC, the initials of Terence Crutcher, a man shot and killed by Tulsa police in September.
Several members of the Thunder have been very public in showing their support for Crutcher, including Russell Westbrook.
#enoughisenough from @realjohngray - A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shoot out with cops and gets grazed with a bullet. And safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets TAZED then shot. And then they stand there. Don't offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun. No criminal activity. And I've heard people say "he should have complied". As if that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILLING AN UNARMED MAN. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well dressed non-black female, do you think the helicopter pilot would have said "she looks like a bad person" in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher "looks like a bad person"? Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad. From 500 feet in the air. I'm tired man. And I'm scared. Cuz I'm big and my skin is brown. Lord don't let my car break down, don't let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don't let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help THIS NATION.
In addition to his Instagram post, Westbrook discussed police shootings during media day.
"Now, it's getting to a point that there's something that needs to be changed in that aspect,” Westbrook said, via the Associated Press. “I'm going to use my voice as much as possible to relay that aspect."
Other Oklahoma City players also commented on the shooting when it happened.
Rest in peace #TerenceCruthcher— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) September 21, 2016
A loving father of 4. #EnoughIsEnough on profiling, violence and use of excesive force.
Here’s another look at the warmups.
Thunder players are wearing "TC" on their shooting shirts tonight in honor of Terence Crutcher: pic.twitter.com/BbU3RCI9NC— Royce Young (@royceyoung) October 13, 2016
After the game, reporters asked the players about the warmups.
Anthony Morrow on the “TC” for Terance Crutcher on the warm-ups: “It’s great. I wish we could have had it on the back of the shirts."— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 14, 2016
Russell Westbrook had more to say.
Russell Westbrook on Terence Crutcher's family in attendance in Tulsa: "We're behind his family and support anything they need from us." pic.twitter.com/khrf6wjyi8— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 14, 2016