The news was first reported by ESPN and as athletes in all sports they call for justice in the event of the death of blacks by the police. Both the league and the player associations have previously announced the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many former and current NBA players have posted statements, posted on social media, or written about protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
LeBron James posted a picture on Instagram showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words “This … … Is why” and the caption “Do you understand NOW !!? Or is it still blurred to you #StayWoke. “
Michael Jordan he wrote in a statement after Floyd’s death that he was “deeply saddened, truly painful and purely angry.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protesters in a strong option for the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, suffocating with smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you suffocate in it – until you let the sun out. Then you see it’s everywhere, ”the Hall of Famer wrote.
NBA season 2019-2020 It will continue on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to a coronavirus pandemic.
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