Athletes across sports continued their protests for social justice yesterday. While NBA players decided to resume the playoffs, the league did postpone its three Thursday games with hopes of returning to play today or Saturday.
The Milwaukee Bucks set off a ripple effect Wednesday when the team sat out its playoff game against the Orlando Magic and games across sports were postponed or canceled. This new wave of stoppages is a renewed focus on social justice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.
Impact Across Sports
The WNBA continued its pause in play, declaring yesterday “A Day of Reflection, A Day of Informed Action and Mobilization.”
After criticism for barely acknowledging Wednesday’s events, the NHL postponed its two playoff games on both Thursday and Friday. The decision came from a player-led movement backed by the Hockey Diversity Alliance.
Several NFL teams canceled practice and held team-wide social justice discussions.
A group of Black MLB players pledged their game-day salaries for Aug. 27-28 for racial equality, while several MLB games were postponed Thursday.