Holder praises NBA players for ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts; and his investigation’s going to be fair?

How’s this for fair and impartial?

In an interview Saturday with the Chicago-Sun Times, Attorney General Eric Holder praised Derrick Rose and other NBA players for wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I can’t breathe,” which are purported to be the last words said by Eric Garner when he died as a result of a struggle with New York City police.

“For them to get out there and to express in that way a social conscience, I think goes back to maybe people that these guys don’t even know or my son has a vague awareness of, to Jackie Robinson, who is seen as not only a great athlete, but as an involved, thinking, caring black man,” Holder said.

“And to have LeBron, Derrick Rose and others who wore those ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts, that shows a level of involvement. It shows a depth to them beyond just being great ballplayers.

“And it’s all about our democracy, and who we are as a country that our celebrities, our athletic celebrities, can use their status to express I think what I call a social and political point. I think that’s a good thing,” he continued.

When he announced the Justice Department’s investigation into Garner’s death Holder promised to “conduct an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation.”

Yeah, it sure seems that way.

Carmine Sabia

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