After the meeting of the American professional basketball players on August 27, all voted to continue playing the play-off round.
The players agree to play on the condition that the Organizing Committee must come up with a new plan to speak out against social injustice. The NBA player also held police accountable for their wrongdoing and called on US citizens to vote for President in November.
NBA coaches and athletes are outraged by the police firing seven shots in the back of black Jacob Blake, in front of the victim’s three children. Blake survived the shooting but was paralyzed with the lower half of the body and had difficulty walking normally as before.
On the morning of August 27, Milwaukee Bucks started the strike when he was not playing against Orlando Magic. After that, the NBA had to postpone two more games and hold an emergency meeting to come up with a resolution. The Bucks’ decision led to a halt to other professional sports tournaments in the US such as women’s basketball, baseball, rugby and tennis all at once.
Some NBA players went on strike
The three NBA play-offs in the morning of August 27 were postponed because the players refused to play, protesting the shooting with black man Jacob Blake.
The matches of Milwaukee Bucks – Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets – Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers – Portland Trail Blazers could not go as planned because the players boycotted. They protested against the police shooting seven bullets at black Jacob Blake in front of the victim’s three children.
The Milwaukee Bucks player arrives at the changing room but does not play
According to ESPN, many players even want to talk about ending the season early. In the short term, they consider going on strike for one more day, not entering the field on August 28.
The organizers of the American professional basketball tournament must meet urgently with the owners of the NBA teams to work out a solution to the situation. According to The Athletic, only the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers voted out for the remainder of the season. The representatives of the two teams immediately left the meeting after commenting.