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NBA Teams Boycotting Playoffs Over Wisconsin Police Shooting

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    First the Bucks didn't show up for tip off for their game 5 matchup vs the Magic. Then shortly after the rest of the game 5s were cancelled for the first round. Or postponed I should say. We don't know if this is just going to be for a day, or indefinitely. We also don't know if NBA players are boycotting games over police brutality as a statement, or if they possibly have demands they want to see happen before they come back on the floor.

    This is a fascinating turn of events, something I have never seen and something I'm not sure has happened much if ever in the history of the NBA, or sports in general. I think it is easier to not show up for a game, to boycott it, in these times, with no fans and the stands and all. So I wonder if they would have done the same with a stadium full of anxious fans. Maybe they would have.

    Either way, they are standing up and making a statement for what they seem to unilaterally agree on is a grave injustice, the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Wisconsin just days prior, a man shot 7 times in the back by a police officer, reportedly in front of his 3 kids. Said in that context, it sounds awful. And it is, though we don't yet have all the facts or full context that lead up to the shooting. There is a video online that shows the end of the interaction and that has certainly sparked outrage nationwide.

    Regardless, the shooting took place some 40 miles from Milwaukee. So it certainly makes sense for the Bucks to start this boycott off.

    Do you think the players will just boycott a single game, or where do you see this going? Even if the entire NBA Playoffs is pushed off for just 24 hours, its still historic to see this happen. 2020 is full of history in the making and this is just another example.

    Also do you think other leagues will follow suit? Noticed NHL and MLB games still going on but wonder if soon we see this catching on across more sports, or maybe all of them?

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    You're right, it's a historic moment in NBA and sports for sure. In these uncertain times, nothing would surprise me. I could see it to where they could go to the extremes of boycotting the rest of the season, or just 24 hours or a couple of games. It's anyone's guess.
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    JFoster Wrote: You're right, it's a historic moment in NBA and sports for sure. In these uncertain times, nothing would surprise me. I could see it to where they could go to the extremes of boycotting the rest of the season, or just 24 hours or a couple of games. It's anyone's guess.
    Yeah so far the NBA players have decided to just pause action for a few days, and that the platform of being on national TV for weeks at a time was more valuable than not playing under protest. Which I think is the right move. They reignited the national conversation, at least all over sports news and talk radio. And they sorta have this precedent in their back pocket moving forward. Which turns out is a powerful card to play. And something I think we will see happen more and more in the coming months and years.