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NBA Postpones Playoff Games, Players Boycott Games in Support of BLM


Apparently kneeling during the National Anthem isn’t enough for these rich entitled NBA players.

Now, they’ve decided as a group to boycott playing at all!

And in response, the NBA has decided to postpone the playoff games.

Here’s the details on the NBA’s decision from the New York Times:

The Milwaukee Bucks responded to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin, by refusing to take the court Wednesday afternoon for their N.B.A. playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

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An hour later, the N.B.A. postponed two other playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night, thrusting its ambitious restart at Walt Disney World during the coronavirus pandemic into sudden chaos and doubt. The postponed games were first-round playoff matchups pitting the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Los Angeles Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers. All three games will be rescheduled.

Players from the N.B.A. and the W.N.B.A. have long been at the forefront of protests against racism and police brutality but especially this year, after the police killings of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota, and Breonna Taylor, a Black woman in Kentucky.

Still, the boycott was an extraordinary escalation in the athletes’ demonstrations, a move that had virtually no precedent in the league’s history. It was quickly followed by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds deciding to sit out their Major League Baseball game scheduled for Wednesday night in Wisconsin. Players for the W.N.B.A.’s Washington Mystics arrived for their game against the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night wearing T-shirts that spelled out Jacob Blake.

On Sunday, the police in Kenosha, Wis., shot Blake, 29, in the back several times as he tried to get into his vehicle.

In the days since, numerous N.B.A. players have openly debated the wisdom of continuing to play, questioning whether the platform provided by the league’s return was amplifying their message — or, rather, taking attention from the broader social justice movement.



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