NAfter the shooting at a black man during a police operation in the American state of Wisconsin, basketball superstar LeBron James once again criticized the conditions in the United States. “I know people are starting to stop hearing when I say it, but we black people in America are scared,” said James on Monday (local time) in Orlando, Florida, where the NBA is currently playing its season. “Black men, black women, black children, we are very scared.”
The 29-year-old family man Jacob Blake was seriously injured on Sunday by police gunshots in his back. A video shows Blake walking to his car, followed by two police officers with guns drawn. One of the weapons is pointed at his back. When Blake opens the driver’s door and leans into the car, shots are fired. It should have been at least seven. According to the family lawyer, Ben Crump, the car had Blake’s children, ages three, five, and eight. According to Blake’s father and lawyer, he is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the gunshots. The officials involved have now been given leave of absence.
But that’s not enough for James. “If you sit here and tell me that there was no other way to overpower the man than shoot, you sit here and lie not just to me, but to every African American, every black person in this society,” James said to journalists. “Because we see it over and over again.” The issue of racism plays a major role in the continuation of the NBA’s season. The motto “Black Lives Matter” is a central message from the players and those responsible.
In response to the further incident between the police officer and an African American, the Toronto Raptors’ NBA team discussed a boycott of the first playoff game against the Boston Celtics. The two players Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell reported in a video press conference. “We knew that whether we came here or not would stop nothing. But I think if we end up playing or not playing, that puts someone under pressure, ”said VanVleet on Tuesday (local time). Game one in the second round against the Celtics around national player Daniel Theis is planned for Thursday.
He knows that it is not that easy. But after much talk in Orlando, at some point it was necessary to actually risk something – and not just money, said VanVleet. He did not want to give any information about the further considerations of the Raptors, the defending champion of the NBA.
Basketball coach Doc Rivers from the NBA club Los Angeles Clippers protested against the ongoing racism in the United States with emotional words and also criticized the American President Donald Trump. “I watch the Republican Convention and see this fear. All you hear is Donald Trump and everyone is talking about fear, “said Rivers on Tuesday (local time) after the 154-111 playoff win against the Dallas Mavericks.
“How dare Republicans talk about fear? We are the ones who must be afraid. We are the ones who have to talk to every black child. What white father has to tell his son to be careful about being stopped? That’s just ridiculous. ”He just wanted to be a trainer himself, but was constantly reminded of the color of his skin.
“We were hanged, we were shot. We are the ones who are prevented from living in certain churches. It is amazing to me why we continue to love this country and why this country does not love us back, “said the 58-year-old. “When you watch this video (from the current case in Wisconsin, the editors), you don’t have to be black to be outraged. You have to be American and indignant. “