Bill Russell, NBA Legend, Died at 88


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Outside of his incredible NBA career, Bill was also an outspoken civil rights activist. 

“From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar [Evers’] assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010,”The Twitter statement was continued. “Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.” 

The statement thanked supporters for their love and support, and encouraged them all to keep his spirit alive. “We hope each of us can find a new way to act of speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle,”It was concluded. “That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.” 

The Boston Celtics announced his death shortly after. shared a Twitter statementIn loving memory of their star and coach.  

“To be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way the game is played, and to be a societal leader all at once seems unthinkable, but that is who Bill Russell was,”They tweeted part. “Bill Russell‘s DNA is woven through every element of the Celtics organization, from the relentless pursuit of excellence, to the celebration of team rewards over individual glory, to a commitment to social justice and civil rights off the court. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn his passing and celebrate his enormous legacy in basketball, Boston, and beyond.”