We demand change.
This was the theme of the support messages that many NBA players, including LeBron James, shared on Wednesday as the Milwaukee Bucks protested racial injustice and police brutality by refusing to play match 5 of the opening playoff series against. the Orlando Magic. Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 40 minutes from Milwaukee, shot Jacob Blake, a black man, seven times in the back on Sunday.
“(Expletive) THIS MAN !!!!” James tweeted when the protest became evident. “WE ASK FOR THE CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
The Bucks protest forced the NBA to postpone all three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Lakers star wasn’t alone in getting his message out, as players within the NBA playoff bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and beyond also spoke on Twitter:
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Enes Kanter, Boston Celtics
Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Alex Lasry, senior vice president, Bucks
Jeanie Buss, owner, Lakers
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
Jordan Clarkson, Jazz
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