National Basketball Association forced to postpone playoffs after Milwaukee Bucks lead shooting boycott

National Basketball Association forced to postpone playoffs after Milwaukee Bucks lead shooting boycott

National Basketball Association players from various teams have voiced their opinions that not enough is being done about police killings and brutality in the United States.

The Los Angeles Clippers African-American coach Doc Rivers contrasted the latest shooting with the apocalyptic rhetoric at this week's Republican Party convention.

The NBA's players union also backed the protest.

The first hints of boycotts over Blake's shooting came from Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who revealed that his players had discussed refusing to play their game with Boston on Thursday. Alex Lasry, SVP of the Bucks, tweeted in support of the team's players.

The Bucks continued, "When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable".

"We're just trying to figure out what we can do to not only bring light to the situation of what happened and how it's wrong with police brutality", said safety Duron Harmon, "but how can we as a team create change".

The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor for their Game 5 matchup against the Orlando Magic in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

It is reported that the Los Angeles Lakers All Star had a problem with Buck's guard George Hill who is the one who addressed the media Wednesday night about the Buck's decision to postpone and possibly, boycott Game 5.

Now however, Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that the King, along with other players from the 13 teams currently present within the bubble, were taken aback by the Milwaukee Buck's abrupt decision to postpone Game 5.

Three Major League Baseball games and most of Wednesday's Major League Soccer games were postponed, as well, following player protests, and the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament also suspended matches after superstar Naomi Osaka - whose father is Haitian - withdrew to protest against racial injustice. The Brewers had been scheduled to play the Reds at home at 8:10 p.m. ET on tonight. "And I don't think we're doing a good job in our country giving that to everyone and I think that needs to be the focus here", Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

There are several things across the world that are more important than sports now. "I'm sure it's something we are going to discuss", before the decision was ultimately made. Other sports quickly followed until the worldwide sporting landscape had nearly completely come to a halt. Blake survived the shooting but is now paralysed and unlikely to ever walk again. He was reportedly breaking up a fight when he was approached by law enforcement.

Blake was shot by police officers, apparently in the back, on Sunday as he leaned into his SUV with three of his children seated inside. The Detroit Lions were the first National Football League team to cancel a practice since the shooting of Jacob Blake on Tuesday.

"We don't want lip service anymore", said San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, who is of Native American descent. We're the ones that are denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear.

Whatever the players decide, it will have far-reaching ramifications across society and the sports landscape. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to announce the news on his Twitter account.

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