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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is speaking out after wearing an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt during Saturday’s pre-game warmup.

Eric Garner spoke “I can’t breathe” as police apprehended him with a chokehold in July for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. He died in part from neck compressions from that chokehold. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer in the case.

This, coupled with the grand jury’s decision not to indict in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, has set off national protests centered on race. Garner and Brown were black. The policemen were white.

Rose said he wore the shirt because he wanted to show support for these stories.

“I think both stories are touching stories and I just wanted to show my support by wearing the shirt,” Rose said. “I’m just happy that people paid attention to it.”

Rose said having a son in October 2012 has changed his perspective.

“That’s one of the reasons I wore the shirt. I’m a parent now,” he said. “Probably two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have worn the shirt. But now that I’m a dad, it changed my outlook on life, period.

“I don’t want my son growing up being scared of police or even have the thought in his mind that something like that could happen. I have a cousin, that easily could’ve been him or one of our relatives. It’s sad that people lost their lives.”

Rose said he has family members who are police offers and repeatedly emphasized the good in the profession.

“But I felt like patience would have taken care of both of those situations, if they would have waited a little longer or had the patience to ask questions,” he said. “In a way (the grand jury decisions were) unbelievable. It was hard to process it at first. If anything like this would happen again, you just hope that they get the right verdict next time.”

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.