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NBA Players Show Huge Courage in Wednesday's Boycott

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 31, 2020 04:10

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The Milwaukee Bucks decision to not play Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic sent a rippling affect across America and the NBA itself.

On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks sent shockwaves when they decided to boycott Game 5 of their first round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The unprecedented decision also forced the remaining games from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to be cancelled.

The league-wide boycott was in response to the shooting of another African-American male, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake was shot seven times by police officers and the incident has again caused national headlines only three months after the George Floyd incident with police in Minneapolis that also caused nation-wide unrest.

Not only did the boycott this past week send a message about many NBA players' frustrations with the continuous feeling of discrimination across America, but there was also a legitimate threat of the NBA season actually being cancelled entirely. 

Fortunately, the NBA decided the next morning to continue playing this Saturday in conditions  from players specifically pressuring team owners and league officials to use more of their authority to enact pressure on political leaders to enforce change in Congress and advocate their frustrations about policing in America.

While ending the season would've been a huge stand and message to America, there seems to be some people who are upset that players chose to continue to play and feel that they missed a chance to make a huge statement.

While there is a point to these claims, I still firmly believe people should not be overly critical of the players for the choice they made and that players are doing their best in trying to be good spokespeople for these current issues. 

For one, if the players decided to not resume the ongoing 2020 NBA season, the financial implications would not just affect the league’s already troubling economic situation but many players who aren’t fortunate enough to withstand a huge financial hit to the NBA’s salary capacity, would also be negatively affected as well.

Along with this, the NBA just restarted the season not even a full month ago on July 30. The NBA has already spent millions of dollars to derive a well-organized bubble in Orlando, while trying to provide the safest environment possible to its athletes and giving them the platform to advocate their opinions currently.

Also, even if the players decided to take a monumental stand and decide to not play, the guarantee of any sort of change in police reform or laws in the country would still realistically be tough to solve.

In fairness, the NBA could’ve really set a historic precedent and made a courageous sacrifice for people who feel mistreated right now, but the path to fast change would still be difficult to just overcome.

Whether you agree or not with many things about the situation this past week, the players still did their absolute best to remind America that the long-term issues among African-Americans  is something they don’t want people to set aside and hope for a real path of improvement in the future with their actions.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 31, 2020 04:10

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