Lakers’ LeBron James threatens to walk out on NBA Playoffs | Are Thursday’s games still on?

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    Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James is threatening to walk away from the NBA Playoffs to protest the shooting of an unarmed Black man by Wisconsin police.AP

    On Wednesday, when he tweeted in all caps that he wanted “change” in America, the Milwaukee Bucks heard him and refused to take the court for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Within minutes, the five remaining teams scheduled to play postseason games on Wednesday had decided to strike to protest the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake.

    On Wednesday night, James told other NBA players that he’s willing to walk away from the postseason in protest of police violence against Blacks, according to a report. NBA players appear ready to use their labor as leverage in the social justice fight.

    Sources: Lakers forward LeBron James and Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard both spoke up in the players meeting Wednesday night and were adamant about not playing the rest of the playoffs and they wanted change. The players will have another meeting at 11 am East time Thursday.

    The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have voted to boycott the rest of the playoffs and were the first two teams to exit the meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    In addition to the three NBA playoff games that were postponed, three Major League Baseball games, five Major League Soccer games and three WNBA games were canceled after players voted to strike.

    Although many reports are calling these actions “boycotts,” that’s incorrect. A boycott is when people withhold their money and purchasing power. When workers withhold their labor, it‘s considered a strike.

    Athletes made the extraordinary decisions to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday of Blake, a Black man. Video shows that Blake was shot at least seven times in the back while three of his children looked on. His lawyer said Wednesday that Blake is paralyzed and it will take “a miracle” for him to walk again.

    “There has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball,” said Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who joined teammate George Hill in reading a statement on the team’s behalf. Brown has a federal lawsuit pending against the city of Milwaukee alleging he was targeted because he was Black and that his civil rights were violated in January 2018 when officers used a stun gun on him after a parking violation.

    The NBA’s board of governors called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the new developments, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting plan was not revealed publicly.

    “The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action,” the NBA Coaches Association said in a statement. “Not after the playoffs, not in the future, but now.”

    The statement by the Bucks also called for state lawmakers to reconvene and take immediate action “to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”

    Meanwhile, NBA analyst Kenny Smith walked off the set of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Wednesday night.

    Kenny Smith, Inside the NBA host, just walked off the set: “As a black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight. »pic.twitter.com/3561mMA1Vi

    Kenosha police have said little about what happened when Blake was shot other than that they were responding to a domestic dispute.

    On Wednesday, three days after the shooting, state authorities identified the officer who shot Blake as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department. Sheskey shot Blake while holding onto his shirt after officers first unsuccessfully used a Taser, the Wisconsin Justice Department said.

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