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The NBA has officially postponed all the games that were set to hold in the early hours of this morning, in a bid in solidifying their stance in the support of The Black Lives Matter Movement, after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year old black man who was shot in the back 7 times by the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The NBA has officially postponed all the games that were set to hold in the early hours of this morning, in a bid in solidifying their stance in the support of The Black Lives Matter Movement, after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year old black man who was shot in the back 7 times by the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Boycotting of the games began with the Milwaukee Bucks players deciding to strike. A team that usually plays very close to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place where the shooting took place. After that, reports surfaced that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder would also put their game 5 on hold, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers reportedly following suit.

The Bucks team had previously experienced police brutality. In September 2018, a Bucks player, forward Sterling Brown, was tased and arrested by Milwaukee police, but never charged.

As it stands, there’s a huge possibility of the rest of the season being cancelled. According to The Athletic, the Lakers and Clippers both voted as a team to boycott the rest of the season, with LeBron James also saying he wants team owners to be more involved in the protests.

Change cannot be achieved overnight, but these are the little steps which people in the limelight should be taking in trying to ensure the equality of all lives, and end police brutality and racism. The boycott led to  Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, to call a special session of the State Legislature and urging lawmakers to vote on a legislative package that includes police reform.

 

By: Muyiwa Aguda 

See also: Donovan Mitchell Sets NBA Playoffs Record

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