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26/02/2015 The first African American basketball player in the NBA dies at 86

Earl Lloyd was selected in the 9th-round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Washington Capitals. During his NBA career, Lloyd experienced issues with racism, he was refused service multiple times and was spit on by a fan. He died in Crossville, Tennessee.


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