JACOB BLAKE SHOOTING PROVOKES BOYCOTT OF NBA PLAYOFFS...
By: BE INSPIRED GLOBAL's 4TH ESTATE / August - 28 - 2020
The Milwaukee Bucks players decided to boycott their playoff game 5 against the Orlando Magic following the police shooting of Kenosha Milwaukee resident, Jacob Blake and the killing of two protestors at the hand of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
Soon after this decision, subsequently, the NBA announced they were canceling Game 5 of 2 other playoff series: Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder and The Los Angeles Lakers vs the Portland Trailblazers.
Athletic organizations across the nation to include the WNBA and MLB, responded in solidarity with the NBA team, and players like Lebron James and Jr. Smith spoke out against the injustice of another unarmed black person being shot at the hands of the police.
Although a players strike is prohibited based on the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, The Bucks did not emerge from the locker room before the opening tip.
In their decision read by Milwaukee Forward Sterling Brown and Point Guard George Hill, Brown stated; "Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action. So, our focus today cannot be on basketball."
This Boycott comes exactly 4 years after Colin Kaepernick, who was also born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, initially kneeled in protest of police brutality and racial injustices against black people in America on August 26, 2016.
IRONIC? You be the judge.
But what is clear, is that the movement Kaepernick began in 2016, still has some loose ends.