(ConservativeUnit)- Disgust over the police shooting of Jacob Blake finally boiled over in the professional sports world Wednesday, as teams, leagues and players boycotted in protest.
The boycotts started with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball League. Players jointly decided not to play their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee is only 40 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Blake was shot seven times by police officers on Sunday.
The NBA subsequently cancelled all three scheduled games for Wednesday. The league is holding meetings between players and the league on Thursday morning to decide how to proceed. But, if some players had their way, the rest of the season would be cancelled so the focus isn’t taken away from social justice issues.
George Hill, one of the players on the Bucks, explained the team’s decision not to play, saying:
“We’re tired of the killings and the injustice.”
The players later issued a joint statement that read:
“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African-American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.
“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.
“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 hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.”
Other players were not as composed with their comments. Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James tweeted: “F— THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
Hill was extremely critical of the NBA and players’ decisions to even resume their season in the first place when all this social justice controversy is brewing around the country. He said:
“We can’t do anything. First of all, we shouldn’t have even came to this damn place, to be honest. I think coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are. But we’re here, so it is what it is. We can’t do anything from right here, but I think definitely, when it’s all settled, some things have to be done.
“I think this world has to change. I think our police department has to change. Us as society has to change. And, right now we’re not seeing any of that. Lives are being take, as we speak, day in and day out, and there’s no consequence or accountability for it, and that’s what has to change.”
Games in Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer were cancelled in protest also on Wednesday. Tennis pro Naomi Osaka also decided not to play in a tournament scheduled for Thursday.