Professional Athletes Outraged Over Fatal Shooting of Alton Sterling

Protesters gather in front of a mural of Alton Sterling on the wall of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisianna where Sterling was shot dead by police
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The fatal shooting of a 37-year-old black man at point-blank range by a police officer during a scuffle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, prompted a flurry of social media responses from dozens of professional athletes.

Alton Sterling died of multiple gun wounds after being involved in an altercation with two police officers. According to standard police department protocol, both of the officers were placed on administrative leave, reported CBS News. Sterling was carrying a gun at the time of the shooting.

Officials in Baton Rouge continue to review the facts of the case and the story remains liquid as new details are revealed. Nevertheless, many professional athletes have reached a conclusion:

Fresh off of signing a $36 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Jeremy Lin was first to weigh in:

Houston Texans Jaelen Strong and Dwayne Brown shared their thoughts on the subject as well:

Retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the Detroit Lions tweeted:

Milwaukee Bucks center Jabari Parker weighed-in on Twitter:

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick equated the fatal shooting of Sterling to a lynching:

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