August 26, 2020, a day unlike any other in the history of sports. When the Milwaukee Bucks refused to come out of their locker room prior to their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, the die was cast. The other two NBA matchups of the night, Rockets/Thunder & Lakers/Trailblazers, were quickly postponed too as players boycotted in solidarity. The movement quickly spread across sports with teams around the country refusing the play.

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The Milwaukee Bucks addressed the media after the boycott officially postponed the game with numerous Bucks, including George Hill, speaking.

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The Bucks received the full support of their owners, as well.

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After the NBA postponements, all players were invited to a meeting in “the bubble” in Orlando. The teams voted about continuing the season, with only the Los Angeles Lakers & Clippers voting against continuing season.

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That meeting ended “ugly” according sources and LeBron James actually walked out of the meeting after making it clear we wants the owners to be more involved and take action in these protests.

 

Former North Carolina  Tarheel and 2-time NBA Champion Kenny “The Jet” Smith walked off the set of “Inside the NBA” on Wednesday in solidarity with the players.

Former Washington Wizard and 5-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber got emotional talking about the players’ boycott in wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, in which a police officer discharged 7 rounds into Blake’s back leaving him paralyzed.

The Milwaukee Brewers play a mere 40 miles away from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and joined their NBA counterpart Bucks in postponing their game in solidarity with the protests there.

The Mariners have more black players, including pitcher Justin Dunn, than any other Major League team and they postponed their game to raise awareness for police brutality.

The Washington Football Team canceled a scrimmage planned for Thursday at FedEx Field to instead “engage in meaningful dialogue about social injustice.”

The Detroit Lions got the ball rolling on Tuesday,  canceling their practice to instead hold a protest outside the training facility where the players held signs saying “The world can’t go on!” and “We won’t be silent” and addressed the media.

All of this comes 4 years to the day after Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem before an NFL preseason game on August 26, 2016. This act launched his famous “kneeling” protest of police brutality and essentially led to his being blackballed by the entire league. With the names and sheer mass of these boycotts, one would hope the leagues and society will have a harder time turning a blind eye to police brutality any longer.

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