NBA Boycott: Multiple players considering boycotting NBA playoffs due to Jacob Blake shooting incident

Amulya Shekhar
|Published 25/08/2020

The shooting of unarmed Jacob Blake with 3 kids in his car has sent shock waves across the NBA community. A few players at the bubble are considering a boycott.

Yesterday ahead of the games, the likes of Donovan Mitchell and LeBron James tweeted about the police brutality on Jacob Blake. The incident, which took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has sparked off another nation-wide wave of protests. The Black Lives Matter movement is fast catching steam with this incident.

Some players in the NBA bubble, like Giannis, were out on the streets protesting in May and June. They may feel it is an appropriate moment to boycott playoff games and send a message with real impact – that it’s not OK for police to use unnecessary force.

NBA Boycott: Players considering sitting out games

Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors spoke to the media today regarding the incident.

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Marcus Smart too spoke about how he feels that the focus shouldn’t be Basketball at this point and that something drastic needs to be done in order to get the message across.

“Definitely. Something has to be done, and right now our focus should not be on basketball.” Smart said.

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It will now be interesting to see if the Raptors and Celtics both boycott Game 1 of their playoff series or decide to leave the Bubble altogether. After tonight’s game, other players might also speak up on the issues and a union of players/teams could be formed, who decide to boycott the games entirely.

NBA Boycott murmurs have been there all through

Before talks of an NBA bubble had solidified, a players group led by Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard advocated that players sit out of a possible NBA restart. Their stance seems to have been vindicated in the wake of current events in the bubble. Never has the focus of players been less on their professional responsibility and more on their role in the BLM movement

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There are two sides to the coin, however. Jacob Blake was a s*x offender in the past. His refusal to comply with the police officers’ instructions was the main reason why they found it fit to fire at him. Not cooperating with a law enforcement officer and reaching into one’s car does sound very suspicious.

There were flaws by both sides of the escalation. Naturally, there is no justification for the shooting, but Blake’s behaviour may have been responsible for his current state.

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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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