John Wall becomes latest NBA star to speak out on the events in Charlottesville

Washington Wizards all-star John Wall greets volunteers at his fourth annual back-to-school event Friday at the Rosedale Community Center Library. (Candace Buckner/The Washington Post)

John Wall on Friday joined a growing chorus of NBA players who have expressed dismay stemming from the events last weekend in Charlottesville. While hosting a back-to-school event at the Rosedale Community Center in Northeast, Wall shared his thoughts on the state of the country in light of last weekend’s white supremacist demonstration that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was run over when James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly rammed his car through a group protesting the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other groups.

Wall did not follow the path of Kevin Durant and LeBron James, outspoken superstars who delivered sharp criticism of President Trump after he cast blame on “both sides.” Without addressing the president directly, Wall shared his belief that violence in Charlottesville had sent the nation backward.

“It’s been difficult. It’s been tough,” Wall said, referring to the previous week. “We go through times where times are going in the right direction for us. Our country is going in a positive way. Then we turn back around and revert back to the stuff we try to tell our kids not

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