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A NIGHT OF PROTEST, THEN VIOLENCE AT BARCLAYS CENTER

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Protests Against Police Brutality Over Death Of George Floyd Continue In NYC Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images

After a hopeful start to protests early Sunday evening —with some police even kneeling with demonstrators— the scene at Barclays Center once again devolved into violence after hundreds of police reportedly reacted to being struck with water bottles and debris and chased down demonstrators.

The entrance plaza in front of the Nets arena has now been the scene of protests for three days with thousands arriving by subway and by foot.

Here’s a Twitter timeline of the events...

The demonstrations followed Sunday’s statement by elements of Joe Tsai’s BSE Global, parent company of the arena, the Brooklyn and Long Island Nets as well as the New York Liberty. Tsai and his wife, Clara, along with Oliver Weisberg, the Nets and Barclays interim CEO; Sean Marks, the Nets GM; Alton Byrd, the vice president for business operations for Long Island; Keia Clarke, COO of the New York Liberty and Jonathan Kolb, the Liberty GM.

Meanwhile, a Nets insider tells NetsDaily that Tsai will continue to pay and provide medical benefits to hourly workers at Barclays Center. Shortly after the NBA shut down, Tsai had agreed to extend pay and benefits through the end of May. A new timetable hasn’t been disclosed.

Meanwhile, Sabrina Ionescu, the Liberty’s No. 1 draft pick, added to the commentary in a tweet later Sunday, offering her support for Black Lives Matter.

In addition, it was reported that Justin Anderson, who plays for the Long Island Nets (and a 10-day player for Brooklyn) accompanied Malcolm Brogdon and Jaylen Brown to Atlanta for a peaceful demonstration over the weekend. Brogdon, Anderson and Joe Harris were all teammates at Virginia.

Our own Matt Brooks who has participated in the protests tweeted this Sunday...

No indication yet on whether the protests will continue Monday at Barclays, but it appears the NYPD has made the entrance plaza a priority.