LeBron James and Donovan Mitchell were among the NBA stars to condemn the shooting of unarmed civilian Jacob Blake by policemen on Twitter.
The NBA has taken the Black Lives Matter movement to the next level in the bubble. Their actions were in the backdrop of countrywide protests in the USA regarding the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other black civilians.
Jacob Blake is the latest black civilian to become a victim of police brutality. The unarmed father of five children was walking back to his car after resolving a quarrel between two other women when policemen opened fire on his back. They caught him with 7 bullets. Blake has been airlifted to Milwaukee and is under intensive care at the moment.
Donovan Mitchell, LeBron James react to Jacob Blake shooting
Among the prominent NBA players who voiced their frustration at this new incident of violence were Donovan Mitchell and LeBron James.
Donovan Mitchell went as far as to say that the NBA should call off the playoffs, as the scenario in the country isn’t favourable for anything apart from movements to stop police brutality.
LeBron James pointed out how ‘our people’ are being targeted and how this isn’t acceptable one bit. He emphasised on how this was an ongoing issue and needed to be nipped in the bud as soon as possible.
F THE GAMES AND PLAYOFFS!!! THIS IS SICK AND IS A REAL PROBLEM WE DEMAND JUSTICE! ITS CRAZY I DONT HAVE ANY WORDS BUT WTF MAN! THIS IS WHY WE DONT FEEL SAFE!!!! https://t.co/3E4Dd2wS3e
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 24, 2020
And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE https://t.co/cJxOj1EZ3H
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2020
Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Clarkson were some other prominent NBA players who voiced their frustration and fury at the incident.
It has to STOP!!! https://t.co/9zFk5ELtWx
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 24, 2020
Cops feel so free to kill a black man but will let a mass murderer walk away in hand cuffs. How can we have hope shit will change when everyday we go on this app and see this shit WTF! https://t.co/4rqU9shNQf
— kuz (@kylekuzma) August 24, 2020
Lost for words, but is this whats being taught in your department? https://t.co/73mxBgQF0U
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) August 24, 2020
This incident seems set to start off a fresh wave of protests for racial equality across the USA and it will be interesting to see how the NBA reacts to it, especially with a lot of players being mentally affected by it.