"It'd also be a great day to arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor," the former NBA star said Wednesday right before an ESPN commercial break during Game 4 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.
"So, we are starting a game ... It's 400 years of slavery to 0," Rose said during the pregame show. "We know we not (going to) win, but you still gotta continue to move the ball forward and put people behind you in a position to be successful, and that's what we're here to do today.
"That's what the NBA players are doing today, and that's why I applaud them because while they're out, they're preforming with heavy hearts trying to win a championship. I understand that this is really painful, to show up to work and still try to entertain."
CNN has reached out to Rose. ESPN declined to comment.
Rose played in the NBA for 13 years, first drafted in 1994 by the Denver Nuggets. He's since appeared as an on-air personality for BET, Fox Sports and now ESPN.