The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers have decided to sit out Game 5 of their first round series in protest of the sickening acts that have taken place in recent days, in which Jacob Blake was sickeningly and disturbingly shot in the back seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Earlier today, minutes after the Bucks decided to protest their game against the Orlando Magic, LeBron James tweeted the following:
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
This decision was very clearly not taken lightly, and reports have been growing about players’ discontent with being in the bubble amid the current situation unfolding both in Milwaukee and throughout the nation, as players have felt that their message is not being heard by kneeling and wearing shirts with social justice messages.
CNN has learned that all of tonight’s NBA games have been postponed.
— Coy Wire (@CoyWire) August 26, 2020
This is nothing like anything that has ever been seen before, and it has clearly been difficult for the players, who are being asked a lot by even being there. Players such as George Hill, Fred VanVleet, and Jaylen Brown have been vocal in their displeasure the last couple of days, as many players have come out to speak out about the unspeakable tragedies that keep befalling black men in this country. Players want the spotlight to no longer be on themselves, but to shine it onto yet another act of gross injustice aimed at a black man in this country.
Things have clearly hit a breaking point with the players, and they are now exercising their right to protest in a manner that has never been done before in an attempt to cope with the gravity of the situation and make their voices heard. As for the rest of the series and playoffs, it’s anybody’s guess as to what happens, but that must simply take a back seat now. Make no mistake, this is much bigger than basketball, and we stand with the players and teams who are fighting for real, tangible change.