Et was suspiciously quiet for one day, then Donald Trump could no longer contain himself. The American president finally said that he “didn’t know much” about the athlete’s uprising, but he knew that the TV ratings for the professional basketball league NBA were “bad” because people were “tired of them”. In addition, the NBA has become something “like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing”. In truth, it must have bothered Trump that the athletes’ protest distracted from the Republican convention.
Trump’s seconds also spoke up. Marc Short, chief of staff of American Vice President Mike Pence, described the strikes and protests of the NBA on CNN as “absurd and stupid”. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and also an official advisor to the White House, blasphemed at CNBC: The NBA players could consider themselves lucky that “if they take an evening off” would be without financial consequences for them. For the conversation that Kushner wants to have to discuss the situation with NBA superstar LeBron James, this should not be a good basis.
In fact, the wave of strikes sparked Wednesday by the Milwaukee Bucks in response to a white policeman shooting the black Jacob Blake is already ebbing. After the NHL ice hockey league finally canceled the play-off matches on Thursday and Friday under pressure from its players, it should continue on Saturday at the latest – also in the NBA. His players were happy to continue playing, “they want,” assured Doc Rivers, coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, who initially voted against a continuation of the season. On Friday afternoon it was then clear. Basketball continues on Saturday.