NBA games canceled due to historic boycott by players
BY: Sakib Tariq
All three National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff games on August 26 were boycotted after the Milwaukee Bucks opted to not participate in the fifth game of their seven-game series against the Orlando Magic. The boycott has been replicated across other major sports leagues as well, with games in Major League Baseball (MLB), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Major League Soccer (MLS) at a halt.
The move was in response to the tragedy of Jacob Blake. Large protests have erupted across America after the 29-year-old was shot multiple times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin as he was entering his vehicle on August 23. Multiple NBA players expressed their discomfort with playing after the shooting occurred. Raptors guards Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell spoke out against the shooting and expressed that the Black Lives Matter movement was not being received well enough.
Former President Barack Obama expressed his support for the NBA and WNBA through his twitter. “I commend the players on the Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like Doc Rivers, and the NBA and WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values,” he tweeted.
The boycott was met with criticism from many across social media and even from members of The White House. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence expressed his opinion on the boycott on CNN. "I don't know that you're going to see the administration weigh in on that one way or the other. In my mind, it's absurd, it's silly." Clay Travis, the host of Fox Sports morning show tweeted “NBA players & owners share revenue 50-50. They are partners. Strikes only work if capital controls what you want to be changed. The NBA has zero control over the justice system. Nor should they,”
The league was at a standstill following reports that two title contenders, The Los Angeles Lakers, and The Los Angeles Clippers, were not in favor of resuming the season. However, after a meeting on Thursday morning, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the season would continue. Executive vice president Mike Bass confirmed this in a statement made the same day. "NBA playoff games for (Thursday) will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday," he said.
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