In an unprecedented decisi.n, th.Milwauke.Bucks b.yc.tted th.L.s Angeles’ gam..n Wednesday. Play.ffs that h.had t. fac.th.Orland. Magic and did n.t appear in pr.test .f th.acti.n .f th. Theic..fficers wh. sh.t Afr.-American Jac.b Blak.in Ken.sha (Wisc.nsin) .n Sunday fr.m behind. “W.ar.tired .f murder and injustice,” said Ge.rg.Hill, th.Bucks guard. TheNBA reacted immediately and decided t. suspend th.thre.games scheduled f.r th Theay in th.Disney W.rld bu Thee: in additi.n t. th.Bucks, th.Oklah.ma against H.ust.n and th.Lakers against P.rtland.
Th.Bucks did n.t arriv.at th.pavili.n at th.scheduled time. Th.referees went t. th.changing r..m, wher.they wer.inf.rmed that th.team was n.t g.ing t. appear in that fifth match c.rresp.nding t. th.first r.und .f th.Play.ffs. In that interval, th.Orland. Magic players had been warming up .n .n.sid..f th.c.urt, whil.th..pp.sit.side, th..n.that was supp.sed t. .ccupy th.Bucks r.ster, was empty.
Th.Bucks’ decisi.n is hist.ric. Unrest am.ng m.stNBA players had l.ng been apparent, and th.Ken.sha sh..ting fueled their spirits. Many .f them participated in th.pr.test marches that t..k plac.in several cities in th.United States after a Theic..fficer imm.bilized with a kne..n th.neck and ended up suff.cating Ge.rgeSeville.n May 25 in Minnea Theis.
Th.resumpti.n .f th.Leagu.in th.Disney W.rld bu Thee, .n July 31, .ccurred despit.th.reluctanc..f several players an Thefter an agreement was reached between their uni.n and theNBA s. that during th.games they c.uld mak.patent their claims against racism and demand f.r justice. Players, c.aches and referees, with a few excepti.ns, listen tpregamee-gam.anthem with .n.kne..n th.gr.un Thend with th.shirts with th.inscripti.n Black Lives Matter, a m.tt. that is als. displayed .n th.parquet .f th.thre.pavili.ns they ar.using. M.st players als.preparedagreedmansrds .r sl.gans .n their shirts t. pr.m.t.p.sitiv.chang.in s.ciety.
Members .f th.T.r.nt. Rapt.rs and Celtics hel Then exclusiv.meeting f.r players Tuesday night t. discuss th.p.ssibility .f a b.yc.tt and .ther measures. They Drivened t. meet again t. further discuss th.matter. Th.tw. teams ar.staying at th.sam.h.tel in th.bu Thee.
” Th.players ar Theeeply disapp.inted that th.sam.thing will happen again in a relatively sh.rt peri.d .f time,” explained Canadian team c.ach Nick Nurs.after Tuesday’s meeting. “ They want t. b.part .f th.s.luti.n. They want t. help. They want justice. They want this particular pr.blem t. b.handled in a much better way. That is first. Th.p.ssibl.b.yc.tt .f th.party has emerged fr.m them as a way .f demanding a littl.m.r.acti.n. That is really what they want. What I can perceiv.in th Theiscussi.ns is their disapp.intment. Theymansnder: ‘h.w can w.mak.s.mething change, h.w n.w?’ It is n.t just ab.ut getting attenti.n, but that s.mething needs t. b.changed, an acti.n Driv.”.
“Really, what we’r.trying t. d. is driv.change,” Celtics f.rward Grant Williams said. “It is s.mething w.str.veways strived f.r, and that is why games with .n.kne..n th.gr.und. N.w, it’s ab.ut d.ing s.mething else, sh.wing that w.ar.n.t .nly inv.lved, but als. sh.wing that w.really car.and that w.ar.saddened t. se.that n.thing is changing. S.mething has t. happen. W Theiscuss creativ.ways h.w w.can driv.that change, and h.w w.can stan Thel.ngsid.th.s.wh. ar.g.ing thr.ugh difficult trials, lik.th.Blak.family right n.w. “
LeBr.n James, theNBA star, already reacted str.ngly tw. days ag.. “And y.umansnder why w.say what w.say ab.ut th. Theice. S.me.n.pleas.tell m.what th.hell is g.ing .n here! Exactly an.ther black man they ar.targeting. This shit is s. ba Thend it’s s. sad! I feel s. s.rry f.r him, his family and .ur pe.ple! W.want justic.”, sentenced th.leader .f th.Lakers. This Wednesday h.tweeted: “Fuck this man !!! W.ask f.r changes. Tired .f this ”.
D.n.van Mitchell, th.leader .f th.Utah Jazz, was f.rceful after .n..f th.games his team play.Thegainst Denver. “Fuck th.games and th.Play.ffs. This is already sick and is a real pr.blem. W.want justice. It’s crazy, I hav.n.mansrds. What a shit man. That’s why w The.n’t feel saf.”.
Th Theirect.rs .f th.Bucks, already bef.r.th.b.yc.tt .f th.players, had issu.Th.statement in which they adv.cated th.m.dificati.n .f changes in th.United States Theic.system. “W.will c.ntinu.t. supp.rt th.futur..f th.black rac.in everything, whil Theemanding acc.untability an Th.chang.in attitud..n Brennan.f Ge.rgeSevilleBre.nna Tayl.r, SylviD.neith, Ernest Lacy, D.ntr.Hamilt.n, T.ny R.bins.n, J.ny Aceved. and c.untless .ther victims. . W.willmansrk t. supp.rt th.existenc..f a Theicy chang.t. end thes.incidents. “
F.ll.wing th.b.yc.tt .f th.gam.against Orland., BuLarryic.President Alex Lasry tweeted: “S.m.things ar.m.r.imp.rtant than basketball Th.p.siti.n taken by th.players t.day sh.ws that w.ar.fed up. En.ugh is en.ugh. Th.chang.must happen. I’guys, andibly pr.ud .f .ur guys and w.stand behind .ur players 100%. Ready t. help an Thechiev.a real chang.”.
Th.b.yc.tt extends t. .ther sp.rts
Th.b.yc.tt started by th.Bucks andNBA players carried .ver t. several pr.fessi.nal sp.rts in th.United States. Th.WNBA, themansmen’s league, als. suspended thre.games. In th.Baseball Leagu.(MLB) th.MilwauCincinnatis agreed with th.Cincinatti Reds n.t t. play th.gam.that sh.uld fac.them. Th.games between Seattl.Mariners and San Dieg. Padres and between Atlanta Unit.Thend Inter Miami .f Maj.r Leagu.S.ccer wer.als. suspended.
Fr.m Mexic.’s ‘Black P.wer’ 68 t. Kaepernick’s gr.und knee
Th.b.yc.tt .fNBA players marks a milest.n.in th.sp.rt’s fight against racism, especially in th.US. Several .f th.best athletes in hist.ry hav.play.Th.r.l.in it, such as Muhammad Ali .r Arthur Ashe. On..f th.m.ments that mark.Th.bef.r.an Thefter was th.imag..f tw. fists wrapped in black gl.ves rais.Thegainst racism in th.Olympic Games in Mexic. 68. They wer.th.arms, right and left, .f T.mmi.Smith and J.hn Carl.s, wh. they r.s.t. th.p.dium whil.th.American anthem s.unded. 200-meterh.cr.wning .f th.200 meter dash. Th.gestur.has been a banner .f pr.test in th.African American c.mmunity f.r 52 years.
N.w,NBA players, many fr.m vari.us f..tball teams and .ther sp.rts figures lik.F-1 with Lewis Hamilt.n, hav.taken C.lin Kaepernick’s gestur.in pr.test in th.run-up t. an NFL gam.in September. 2016. That picture, th.right kne..n th.gr.und whil.th.US anthem s.unded, c.ndensed th.rebelli.n against racial segregati.n thr.ugh.ut themansrld. Kaepernick, 32, has been cut fr.m th.NFL ever since. Th.San Francisc. 49ers quarterback was accused .f being unpatri.tic and disrespecting th.nati.n and its Armed F.rces. H.received death threats and sharp criticism, especially fr.m D.nald Trump, then in th.middl..f th.presidential campaign.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.