While Antifa was finding out in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sports fans were finding out something else. Something far more troubling than a few degenerates getting ventilated.
A finding out much more dire.
Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues.
Also called off: Some games in Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the three WNBA contests, as players across four leagues decided the best way to use their platform and demand change was to literally step off the playing surface.
Players made the extraordinary decisions to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday of Jacob Blake, a Black man, apparently in the back while three of his children looked on.
Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. That city’s NBA team, the Bucks, started the boycotts Wednesday by refusing to emerge from their locker room to play a playoff game against the Orlando Magic.
“There has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball,” said Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who joined teammate George Hill in reading a statement on the team’s behalf. Brown has a federal lawsuit pending against the city of Milwaukee alleging he was targeted because he was Black and that his civil rights were violated in January 2018 when officers used a stun gun on him after a parking violation.
Other games that were not played: NBA playoff games between Oklahoma City and Houston, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland along with three WNBA games, three MLB games and five MLS matches. Two members of the St. Louis Cardinals sat out their team’s game with the Kansas City Royals as well.
The NBA’s board of governors have called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the new developments, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting plan was not revealed publicly.
“The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action,” the NBA Coaches Association said in a statement. “Not after the playoffs, not in the future, but now.”
The statement by the Bucks also called for state lawmakers to reconvene and take immediate action “to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”
The governor is supporting them.
"It is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform."
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) August 27, 2020
It would be fascinating to know what these people are talking about. That is, to hear someone say it in plain terms.
Apparently, the blacks are worked up into a frenzy where they really believe that the cops are a genocidal gang that goes around murdering them for no reason, and are not aware of the differences in behavior in relation to the amount of crimes committed and in relation to the response to being arrested by the cops.
Blacks not only commit a lot of crimes, but they also have a high tendency to attack police when they are being arrested for committing crimes.
I’m actually willing to believe these blacks believe what they’re saying. They will say it in plain terms: they will claim that they are experiencing a genocide. They say this continually. They are apparently unaware that only ten unarmed blacks were killed by cops in 2019, or unaware that ten people is not a lot of people or indeed a genocide.
But the callous whites, like Tony Evers – I would love to see one of them cornered and forced to explain what the hell they are talking about.
The play here is apparently to make Donald Trump supporters who are also basketball fans choose basketball over Trump in November. Probably, it is just going to make a lot of people angry.