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US: NBA team takes stand on racism, sits out of game

Aug 27, 2020 07:54 IST

American NBA side Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their quarterfinals against the Orlando Magic in a response to the police shooting of a black man. Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man was shot by the police in Wisconsin on Sunday. The team decided to take the tough stand of sitting out of the game as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. As a result, the NBA was forced to cancel all the matches of the Game 5 series. The team owners in a statement said that they completely support the team. The Bucks also got a huge round of support from basketball legend LeBron James and former President Barack Obama. The team in a statement said that despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action & the focus cannot be on basketball. While the NBA & many other sports leagues around the world adopted the Black Lives Matter movement in their restart after the Covid-19 pandemic, the race crimes in the United States continued to rise which prompted the side to take a drastic step. As the team decided not to take the court, President Donald Trump has decided to deploy the National Guard to Kenosha to restore law and order after protests broke out in the city where Jacob Blake was murdered.