Outraged: NBA and WNBA send a strong message after Blake shooting
Unprecedented postponements wake-up America
No NBA or WNBA games once again. Because, apparently people have not gotten the message.
In the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man shot seven times in the back on Sunday at close range by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, professional athletes are not playing around with the issue of social justice.
Blake remains in a Wisconsin hospital fighting for his life. Protests on his behalf have erupted in Kenosha and beyond, with the sports world taking notice which have resulted in some unprecedented moves.
In the wake of Blake’s shooting many athletes have shared their outrage by walking off the job. Many fans agree with the decision offering an outpouring of support on social media. In a really powerful stand, athletes bring a new-found attention to acknowledge the injustices, racism and social unrest that is currently happening around the country. Some close to the situation are saying they simply cannot act like everything is normal and that more attention to the issue is needed to really enact change.
Lakers star LeBron James who has been one of the more outspoken NBA voices against police brutality and social injustices released a statement in the wake of Blake’s shooting saying, “We are scared as Black people in America.”
Fast forward to today a second day with the NBA and WNBA sending a strong message that they would not play in their respective games.
On a Los Angeles radio program Wednesday evening Comedian D. L. Hughley made a pointed comment in regards to the situation joking, but in a serious tone, saying from an athletes point of view, “When y’all stop shooting, we will start shooting.” A pointed message to how many of the callers felt who phoned in to express their opinions.
Shortly after the postponement was announced, James took to Twitter writing: “F — — THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
Both the NBA and the WNBA have decided to cancel their games for a second night. Though they didn’t play, members from the WNBA still gathered on the court. In a powerful display to Blake’s shooting, players managed to make a bold statement by standing in solidarity wearing what appeared to be blood-stained t-shirts that displayed bullet holes in the back.
Several members of the WNBA spoke out to press saying that, “This moment is bigger than sports right now.”
In a really powerful stand, never seen before, athletes from across the spectrum stood against police brutality against black people and racial injustice. Every top sport from baseball, tennis, soccer on Wednesday evening postponed or cancelled games. The extent was felt among at least one college football team which cancelled team practice in solidarity.
A video that surfaced online shows Blake in a struggle with police, followed by Blake walking around the front of his vehicle and attempting to enter the driver’s side door. At that point the officer is seen pulling on Blake’s shirt and fires his weapon seven times into Blake’s back in front of numerous eye witnesses, including several family members, according to reports.
Kenosha Police Officer, Rusten Sheskey, a 7-year veteran of the force, has been identified as the one who pulled the trigger.
Ben Crump, the attorney handling Blake’s case, said that Blake’s three sons were in the vehicle at the time when the shots were fired. The family is still trying to make sense of the incident. Blake’s mother Julia Jackson said at a press conference Tuesday that her grandson repeatedly asks, “Why did the police shoot my daddy in the back?”
The league said it’s hopeful to resume games on Friday.