L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers players voted not to continue playing the remaining of the NBA season in the protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. Other teams in the league ended a day deciding not to play any game on August 26. The protest is called the greatest gesture of social injustice by many professional athletes as they also followed suit.
The protest started on Wednesday afternoon when thee Milwaukee Bucks withdrew themselves from going into the court against Orlando Magic. It happened in the wake of Jacob blake who was shot by Kenosha police multiple times when investigating a domestic violence call.
After Bucks Players spent a long time in the dressing room. They emerged out of the dressing room to read out a prepared statement to the media.
Buck Players Release statement On Jacob Blake shootinng
In the statement it said, the past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustice facing our African American community.
During the last few days in our home state is Wisconsin, we have all seen the video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha. Including the additional shooting of protestors.
Despite the uncountable plea for change, there has been no action so our focus today cannot be on basketball.
When we represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin in the court, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort, and hold each other accountable.
We hold ourselves to that standard and at this moment, we are also asking the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.
We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand he officers be held accountable.
After an hour when NBA players decided to boycott games. WNBA players also decided they would not play also to show solidarity. Meanwhile, Tennis champion Naomi Osaka has announced she would not be competing in the semifinal match at the western and southern open scheduled on August 27. The NBA board is expected to hold a meeting today (August 27). What will be discussed is not clear or how Wednesday’s event will affect the remaining season.
The NBA announced all games were postponed, Not canceled, but the date for rescheduling has not been announced.
A statement was released by Lakers co-owner and governor Jeanie Buss on the same issue.
I was happy to see us play and hopefully finish our series tonight. But I will stand behind our players today and always. After 400 years of cruelty, racism, and injustice. We should all work together to say it is enough. #JusticeForJacobBlake #WeHearYou.