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NBA players boycott games scheduled for Wednesday

The Bubble is in jeopardy in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake

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The players of the NBA have said from the start that the return to play in the NBA bubble will not distract them for the current fight for social justice. Today, they put an exclamation mark on their statement that they will be heard.

The Orlando Magic took the floor for their pregame shoot around prior to Game 5 of their first round bout with the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a normal day in the very not-normal bubble, until it wasn’t.

Three minutes before the game was set to tip off, the only people on the floor were the referees. The Bucks were still in the locker mulling over the decision to boycott the game in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state of Wisconsin.

As news leaked that Milwaukee was trying to get in touch with Milwaukee’s Attorney General and were not going to take the floor, a domino effect was sure to ensue. Very soon after, news broke that the remaining four teams had no intention to take the floor tonight. The NBA capped it off with a statement that all three games had been postponed and would be rescheduled.

Here is timeline/thread of the very important, loud statement made today:

Finally we leave you with perhaps the Grizzlies’ most vocal leader during this trying time in America:

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