NBA boycott: LeBron James, other stars react to players’ decision not to take the court for playoff games


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    The Milwaukee Bucks have made the decision to boycott Game 5 against the Orlando Magic in solidarity of the racial injustices and police brutality occurring throughout the country. According to multiple reports, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder also plan to boycott the game.

    On Sunday, police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back multiple times as he was opening the door of a parked car in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his children in the car. Blake survived the shooting, but is in serious condition.

    Since the shooting, players have raised their voices to use their platform to help tackle the major issue of race inequality in the United States. The Milwaukee Bucks, with this shooting close to home, took serious action and have decided not to play, at least for now.

    Since the NBA resumed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the wake of social justice protests following the death of George Floyd, players have worn messages of equality and demands of justice and « Black Lives Matter » is painted on the bubble court.

    This statement marks four years to the day from when NFL quarterback Coin Kaepernick kneeled for the first time.

    Players flooded to social media to show support for the Bucks. Here are some of their reactions:

    Powerful move by the Bucks but now I’m curious to see what are OKC, Houston, Lakers and Blazers are going to do?!

    FED UP. Ain’t enough money in world to keep overlooking true issues that effect the mind body & soul of what we do. We cannot be happy for self when our communities are suffering & innocent folk are dying.. since George Floyd, there have been at least 20 other police shootings.

    Respect to the guys in the Bucks locker room. Taking a stand for what they believe in and for justice!

    Kenny Smith decided to stand with the players, saying, « And for me, I think the biggest thing now is to kind of, as a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight. »

    I agree that CBS Sports can send me the « CBS Sports HQ Newsletter » newsletter.

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