We’ve been here too many times before. Another senseless shooting of an unarmed Black man at the hands of the police. And while the protest following the death of George Floyd seemed to push things in a new direction, Jacob Blake’s shooting reminds us that there’s still so far to go.
Players and Coaches from the NBA are, once again, speaking out against police brutality, but are they set to respond with a boycott?
In a post-game interview on Monday, Lakers star LeBron James stated that, “Black people are afraid in America.” He also drove the point home that there were several ways to detain Blake without firing a gun.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers also reflected on Blake’s shooting in a post-game interview and got emotional taking about how Black people continue to love America, even though the country doesn’t seems to love us back.
And even though the league is fed up with how police officers are handling encounters with Black Americans, talks of a response in the form of a boycott is, “something that’s in the back of our minds,” as stated by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.
It was reported on Tuesday that Jacob Blake underwent surgery is now paralyzed from the waist down. This development comes days after Blake was shot in the back seven times by Kenosha County police officers while in front of his young children.
Sunday’s shooting has spurred dozens of protest in the Wisconsin county with citizens pouring into the streets demanding the officers involved be held accountable.