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Michelle Obama to host voting discussion with NBA, WNBA players

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will host a discussion about voting with NBA and WNBA players Sunday, Chris Paul said after the Thunder's scrimmage against the 76ers. 

"We're gonna talk about the importance of voting and making sure your voice is heard," Paul said. "And I think that's very important that we're doing this together, right? Not just NBA players, not just WNBA players, but we're doing it together. We can share stories and know how each other feels." 

"Hearing the women speak is powerful, it's powerful. I have a wife, obviously I have a mother, but more importantly I have a daughter. I have to protect her and make sure she's stood up for too, so big shoutout to the women and what they're doing." 

WNBA and NBA players, both competing from their respective Florida bubbles, have been united in using games as a platform to promote social justice and combat systemic racism. 

Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, said Sunday that $300 million will be going toward social justice issues, and players will determine where that funding is directed. 

"We said that we wanted to see more Black and Brown people in front offices, more Black people in positions of power — not just coaches," Paul said. "We're talking about heads of organizations. We want to see that, and we talked to the league about that. There's a few things that we wanted to see happen. The jerseys are a part of it, but we know that we need the money and the funding to really make change. 

"I'm gonna keep saying this until, shoot, until I'm not here anymore, how proud I am of our guys and our league for stepping up to the challenge." 

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Former first lady Michelle Obama acknowledges an audience member during her  'A Conversation with Michelle Obama' at the Miller Life Theatre on March 14. Comedian Conan O'Brien was the moderator for the event.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama acknowledges an audience member during her 'A Conversation with Michelle Obama' at the Miller Life Theatre on March 14. Comedian Conan O'Brien was the moderator for the event. Mjs Michelle 3

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Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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