All told, three NBA playoff games, three WNBA games, three of 15 MLB games and five of six MLS games were postponed Wednesday due to player boycotts over Sunday’s shooting of Blake. Tennis star Naomi Osaka also said she wouldn’t play in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in New York, and the tournament later announced it would pause play Thursday.
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
The protests could spread to the NFL and other sports, as other athletes are already Tweeting their support of the boycotts. “It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday night.
The NBA’s statement on a historic day pic.twitter.com/XYho40g2f0— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 26, 2020
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Bucks players considering sitting out Game 5 in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting, per ESPN. Here’s the scene. pic.twitter.com/gW2VKxebuf— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 26, 2020
“It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.”— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 26, 2020
Doc Rivers delivers an emotional message on the police shooting of Jacob Blake. pic.twitter.com/A0T26OfsDG
two elite players who have been battling each other on the court for a week in a highly-competitive playoff series… but both in agreement that some things are bigger than the game of basketball pic.twitter.com/F3EQ0h2VEn— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) August 26, 2020
Bucks players are in locker room attempting to reach the attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Magic players are leaving the arena soon — not accepting the Bucks‘ forfeit.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 26, 2020
Don’t be surprised to see the protests/boycotts extend to the NFL and other sports, too. https://t.co/OTkjw666jY— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 26, 2020