National Basketball Association to return on Saturday after Jacob Blake protests

National Basketball Association to return on Saturday after Jacob Blake protests

Creating a "social justice coalition" comprised of players, coaches, and governors to work on advocating for the reform of police and criminal justice policies, increasing voting access, and "promoting civic engagement".

Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported that after Wednesday night's meeting was fraught with emotions running high already due to Blake's shooting, and tensions rising further over a lack of a unified plan among the players, they chose to reconvene Thursday morning, hoping that a night of sleep would lead to rational discussion.

Wednesday's postponed National Basketball Association games came on the fourth anniversary of Colin Kaepernick's very first protest of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before an NFL preseason game.

The team (with reportedly the most Black players of any Major League Baseball team) called off their game Wednesday night in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The phrase "Black Lives Matter" is painted on the arena courts, players are wearing messages urging change on their jerseys and coaches are donning pins demanding racial justice as well. It was ABC's least-watched playoff game in five years, "with the caveat that this year marked the first time since 2004 that it did not air a game on the opening day of the postseason", SMW noted.

The athletes eventually chose to resume the season, although Thursday's games will be postponed as details continue to be worked through.

US President Donald Trump ridiculed America's premier basketball league and said that it's becoming more like a political organisation.

James then said, "We're out", and walked out with nearly all of his teammates following behind, sources said, with Dwight Howard the only member of the Los Angeles Lakers remaining. In a seperate MSNBC interview Thursday, Short said the NBA's "embraced the Communist Party".

"I don't think that's a good thing for sports or for the country", Trump said. "It happens with action and needs to happen NOW!"

Silver issued a league-wide statement to players and staff explaining his thoughts on the outrage over the shooting of Jacob Blake. and says he's working with players on ways the league can help players take meaningful action.

The NHL, meanwhile, will have a second straight day without games on Friday before it resumes its playoff schedule on Saturday with three games in Toronto and Edmonton.

Although many players participated in strikes violating this agreement, journalists from MSNBC, Politico, and other national news corporations took to Twitter on Wednesday claiming the Bucks' and others' refusal to play was a significant moment in the history of sports.

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