Most of the professional sporting world went dark on Wednesday in wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake and subsequent violence that has followed in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The boycott began in the NBA when the Milwaukee Bucks, who’s home state is embroiled in chaos, chose not to take the court in Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The other four teams scheduled to play sat out in solidarity.
The MLB was next to shut down their Wednesday games, led by the Milwaukee Brewers announcement to postpone. Pitcher Brent Suter, the player’s representative from the team, explained to reporters that not participating was “a collective Reds/Brewers decision not to play tonight to focus on our community hurting and the issues that are bigger than baseball.”
The WNBA postponed all three of the day’s games and Major League Soccer shut down five. To the dismay of hockey players, the NHL was the only league to maintain their scheduled meet-ups. “NHL is always last to the party on these topics,” Minnesota Wild’s Matt Dumba criticized.
NBA players took to social media to express their frustrations with the latest racial injustice.
For those who don’t understand what is going on, it will always be bigger than basketball! We demand change!!! We demand justice! Have a blessed day! ✊???
— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) August 26, 2020
WE DEMAND JUSTICE!!!
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) August 26, 2020
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
LeBron James’ voice rang the loudest: “F**K THIS MAN!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE.”
During an intense NBA meeting Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers announced they were in favor of opting out of the playoffs. During the informal vote, the rest of the teams decided to finish the season. James walked out, and every player from the Lakers and the Clippers followed, leaving analysts to speculate if the postseason would continue.
Thursday’s games are currently postponed, but a new report claims the season will go on. The playoffs may resume as early as Friday.
The NBA's players have decided to resume the playoffs, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020