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The National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee is discussing the possibility of boycotting games after the shooting of Jacob Blake, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
“An assembly, organized by players who are emotionally traumatized by the latest police-involved shooting of an African American that was captured on video, was held Tuesday night at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, sources said, and there were multiple conversations about what actions could be taken throughout the day.”
Some players have reached out to the executive committee to say they aren’t “in the right frame of mind to play basketball,” Haynes reported.
The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears reported members of the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors met to discuss a potential boycott of their opening game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday:
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse confirmed players met on Tuesday night and said a boycott is “on the table.”
“There are still issues on the table here that they are working through,” he added.
Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrived at a reported domestic disturbance on Sunday. A video showed Blake walking to the driver’s side door of a gray SUV with two officers following him with their guns drawn. One officer grabbed Blake’s tank top before seven shots are heard.
Ben Crump, an attorney representing Blake’s family, said Blake was originally at the scene to break up a fight between two women.
Blake survived, but his family said he’s paralyzed from the waist down and had internal organ damage, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Ashley Luthern.
While the NBA has emphasized social justice causes since restarting the 2019-20 season, Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix reported in June how some players were worried the return of games would take some focus away from the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill brought that topic up with reporters Monday, per Spears:
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet told reporters Tuesday he had wondered whether a boycott might be necessary to force more significant remedies for issues of social justice.
According to Haynes, the union indicated to its members that it would support any players who boycotted games.