Three NBA playoff games have been postponed after the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to speak against the Orlando Magic as the players took a stand with their Bucks counterparts. Three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer and three Major League Baseball games have also been postponed.
And after its opening streak against the Portland Trail Blazers was postponed, Los Angeles Lakers players – along with their city counterparts the Los Angeles Clippers – voted to boycott the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season, according to Shams Charania, who is with both The Athletic and Stadium.
Blake, a black man, was shot in the back by police on Sunday as he attempted to enter his vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His shooting became the latest incident to spark outrage across the country for racial injustice and police brutality.
According to ESPN’s Elle Duncan, NBA players boycotting a game have only happened once before. Almost 60 years ago, Hall of Famer Bill Russell and some of his Boston Celtic teammates attended a game in 1961 to protest racial injustice.
When reached by CNN, the NBA said it had nothing to share other than the statement the league released earlier today, when it was announced that Wednesday’s games would be postponed and that the matches would be postponed.
CNN has reached out to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Lakers and Clippers for comment.
Two playoff games are scheduled for Thursday, but given Wednesday’s developments, it remains to be seen whether they will take place.
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Strikes are banned under the NBA collective agreement, which means Bucks players have broken their own contracts to protest racial injustice and police violence.