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Teams boycott games over police shootings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/27/20, 04:31 am

The Milwaukee Bucks remained in their locker room for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The boycott comes after a police officer shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake on Sunday in Kenosha, Wis. The NBA later postponed two other playoff games, while player boycotts led to the cancellation of three WNBA games, three Major League Baseball contests, and five Major League Soccer matches on Wednesday.

What are the players saying? Baseball player Dee Gordon of the Seattle Mariners tweeted that the “injustices, violence, death and systemic racism” are deeply personal and have affected family and friends. Players for the Bucks said their focus could not be on basketball at the moment as they called on people to educate themselves and call on their state lawmakers to work on criminal justice reform.

Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report in Muse about Christian athletes responding to onfield protests over racial injustice.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Thu, 08/27/2020 09:04 am

    This is plain bizarre! We have sports justice warriors ironically pushing for injustice! When a big man goes for a weapon against the police then the police only have the option of taking him out. I will no longer watch sports where the players and leaders in the organizations make a mockery of sanity and justice!  It is time that real Americans stand up and fight! 

    Posted: Thu, 08/27/2020 09:52 am

    I'm not into sports, but I wonder: Could this be a God-given opportunity for us Christians to examine whom we idolize? (I include myself in the challenge, because it applies equally well to anyone or anything we honor above Jesus, Who is worthy of more honor and glory than we can fathom.)  Out of man's evil, God can produce good.