Game Boycott Swells in Wake of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks don't stand alone
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2020 12:20 AM CDT
Other Sports Join NBA in Game Boycott
Players from Los Angeles FC pose for a group photo on the field prior to the announcement that their game against Real Salt Lake was called off Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Sandy, Utah.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The NBA is not standing alone against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted its Wednesday playoff game and the league ultimately postponed that and two other games, three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer games, and three Major League Baseball games originally planned for Wednesday were postponed in solidarity with the Bucks' move, CNN reports. And in the world of tennis, two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka said she would also participate, sitting out Thursday's Western & Southern Open semifinals, Sports Illustrated reports. "Before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman," she tweeted. "I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing. But if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction." (The cop who shot Blake has been IDed.)

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