Upset by the fate of Jacob Blake, the Milwaukee Bucks took everyone by surprise by refusing to play their NBA playoff game on Wednesday night, leading to an unprecedented wave of boycotts in American professional sports.
Athletes took a stand for Black Lives Matter on Wednesday night by holding an unprecedented wildcat strike and refusing to play their regularly scheduled games.
The act is as strong as it is unprecedented in American professional sport: protesting against the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game on Wednesday, August 26, followed by other baseball teams, Cincinnati football, and tennis tournament.
In a few hours, the movement launched by the basketball players of Milwaukee spread the oil, after having forced the National Basketball Association (NBA) to postpone two other meetings also scheduled for Wednesday, Houston-Oklahoma City and Los Angeles-Portland, the players of these teams have even opted for a boycott.
The NBA announced the postponement of the three playoff games scheduled for Thursday, the day after the boycott decided by the players. The body said, “hope to resume the game on Friday or Saturday.”
The Brewers like the Bucks in Milwaukee, about fifty kilometers from Kenosha, where Sunday’s drama took place – followed suit by refusing to play against Cincinnati. Two other Major League Baseball (MLB) games have been postponed. Ditto in MLS, the North American football league, where the players boycotted five of the six games on the program.
Then, after the Japanese Naomi Osaka decided not to play her semi-final of the Cincinnati tournament, relocated to New York, the organizers of the event agreed in turn to postpone the matches scheduled for Thursday until Friday. “Tennis collectively takes a stand against the racial inequality and social injustice that once again has come to the fore in the United States. The American Tennis Federation (USTA), the ATP and WTA circuits have decided to recognize this moment by stopping play,” they said.