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Rick Senger
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Posted: 26 August 2020 at 2:44pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The desire of NBA players to make a statement about social injustice has been simmering since the moment the bubble was created. We just saw the most powerful and concrete example of it in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake and it is stunning. Meanwhile, Boston and Toronto have been in talks about their own boycott of game one of their round two playoff series tomorrow. Link

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The story has quickly evolved. It now appears The Rockets/ Thunder game as well as the Lakers/Trailblazers games are also being boycotted. Three NBA games cancelled in protest of Jacob Blake's brutal shooting by police. As far as I know, an unprecedented move in the history of sports.
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Posted: 26 August 2020 at 4:34pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Add MLB to the list.

Reds/Brewers are also canceled tonight.
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Posted: 26 August 2020 at 6:53pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Good for them. I'm glad they are taking a
stand.
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Posted: 27 August 2020 at 7:16am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Naomi Osaka also pulled out of a WTA tennis match in protest.
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I say good for them. Why should they risk their health and perhaps lives
just to entertain a society that treats them as second class citizens?
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Posted: 27 August 2020 at 6:02pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Some NFL teams are cancelling practices in protest, as well.


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Why should they risk their health and perhaps lives
just to entertain a society that treats them as second class citizens?


Because, among other things, they make a pretty healthy paycheck.

I think it came down to the decision of - "What can I do differently if I am spending this time outside of the bubble.  Will I get the exposure I can get here in Orlando?" as well as losing A LOT of money for both the NBA and the players if the playoffs were cancelled, both this season and next.

Also, very few of them are going to have any more opportunities to be heard if the season is cancelled.  Sure if you're LeBron James or Chris Paul or any of another handful of stars you do, but the rank and file don't have as many opportunities outside of their social media.

So you might as well take your paycheck since you've already sacrificed a lot to live in the bubble and get this far.

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I have particular respect for The Milwaukee Bucks' decision to boycott their game. As far as I know they had no idea if that choice would result in their forfeiting the game and possibly changing the whole series (all takes is a player like Giannis testing positive). If it proved a very unpopular decision, the players risked losing endorsement deals, etc. Most have made tons of dough so the possible small loss of income would not seem meaningful but a major blow to their images could have been devastating. Losing a deal may seem farfetched but one never knows how a political statement will be taken (ask Colin Kaepernick.) The rest of the teams who chose to boycott the next day didn't really face the same dangers since they already knew public reaction was favorable. By then it was also fait accompli that the games would be rescheduled. Still a very nice symbolic gesture but the Bucks are the team that really put something on the line imho.
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