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Miami Heat and Boston Celtics release statement before Wednesday night’s game

The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat teams kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Marta Lavandier, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday for the first time this season, just hours after a violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald J. Trump supporters.

They released a message, which focuses on injustices and they explain to fans why they believe the game should go on after such a difficult day for the nation.

“2021 is a new year, but some things have not changed. We play tonight’s game with a heavy heart after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and knowing that protesters in our nation’s capital are treated differently by political leaders depending on what side of certain issues they are on. The drastic difference between the way protesters this past spring and summer were treated and the encouragement given to today’s protestors who acted illegally just shows how much more work we have to do.

“We have decided to play tonight’s game to try to bring joy into people’s lives. But we must not forget the injustices in our society, and we will continue to use our voices and our platform to highlight these issues and do everything we can to work for a more equal and just America.”

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Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.