Members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are considering whether to boycott the rest of the NBA season to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, according to several reports Wednesday night.
The Lakers and Clippers voted for a boycott at a league-wide meeting for all players inside the NBA Bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. reported The Athletic. Lakers star LeBron James was reportedly the first player to leave the meeting.
The team’s votes were informal and may not reflect their final decision, ESPN reported. The Lakers and Clippers both held the series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Discussions on next steps are expected to continue on Thursday. The league has yet to comment on the situation.
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The status of NBA players would not be clear if the Lakers and Clippers decide not to play. Both teams play in the Western Conference and are considered the top contenders for the championship.
The league-wide encounter came hours after the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to take the court for their scheduled game against the Orlando Magic. The NBA postponed the three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night and said they would be postponed to a later date.
Several NBA players have expressed shock and outrage after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Blake, a black man, in an incident earlier this week. The shooting was filmed and sparked several days of protests.
James has taken a leadership role in the NBA’s handling of social justice issues following nationwide protests against police brutality. Earlier Wednesday, he demanded change and tweeted that he was “fed up” in response to Blake’s shooting.
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