The Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play Wednesday brought the NBA postseason to an abrupt halt that will extend to at least a second day, according to media reports. The Bucks’ strike received widespread support from across the NBA and professional sports.
The Mystics staged a moving protest, kneeling while wearing shirts that spelled out Jacob Blake’s name on the front and had seven bullet holes painted on the back. Blake was the Black man shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Brewers followed the Bucks’ example and declined to play their Major League Baseball game Wednesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers did the same when outfielder Mookie Betts told teammates he wouldn’t play and they unanimously joined him in protest. Other athletes joined the protest, including tennis and MLS.
Several Wizards players voiced their support via social media:
I tried to refrain, but why does this bullshit happening? WHY?? F k— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 27, 2020
I’d rather risk it all... than play it safe ‼️— Troy Brown Jr (@Troy_Brown33) August 27, 2020
Bigger than Basketball— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) August 26, 2020
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reports that the players met Thursday morning and voted to resume the playoffs. The three games scheduled for today are postponed. Details on restarting games haven’t been released, but could begin as soon as tomorrow.