On Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play basketball against Orlando Magic in the NBA bubble, in protest against police brutality and racial injustice, this came after the shooting of 29-year old Jacob Blake in the back seven times by the police leaving him paralyzed.
This single action led to all basketball game for the night postponed as the players went on a strike. It’s not clear if the NBA unilaterally cancelled all games in anticipation of widespread protest or if the teams collectively agreed. After the initial NBA action was revealed, strikes have spread to Major League Soccer, Professional Tennis and the WNBA.
President Donald trump said “They’ve become like a political organisation, and that’s not a good thing. I don’t think that’s a good thing for sports or for the country” criticizing the NBA, a day after the players protest. The move by the Bucks comes after months of violent protests following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, in addition to the shooting of Blake.
It is believed that players have decided to resume playoffs, with players agreeing to finish the season having considered the sacrifices they have made to reach this point in the postseason, and sense of normalcy returning with families entering Disney Campus.