Steve Gardner, USA TODAY
Published 8:55 p.m. ET Aug. 26, 2020 | Updated 8:56 p.m. ET Aug. 26, 2020
SportsPulse: Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was emotional during his postgame news conference when he addressed his outrage over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
In refusing to take the floor for their NBA playoff game on Wednesday, Milwaukee Bucks players took a league-wide protest against racial injustice a significant step further.
The catalyst for their action, which led to the postponement of all three of Wednesday’s NBA games, was the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, on Sunday, just 40 miles from their home city.
“Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protesters,” the players said a statement released by the team. “Despite the overwhelming pleas for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
The statement didn’t stop with the boycott. The players also demanded that the officers involved in the Blake shooting be held accountable.
“For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction to take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.”
The statement concluded with a call for citizens to “educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action and remember to vote on Nov. 3.”