How NBA walkout sparked historic US sport boycott over police shooting

 A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020. Outrage continued to spread after Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot Jacob Blake multiple times in the back point-blank in front of his children in the Midwestern city on August 23. As President Donald Trump vowed to send in federal forces, the NBA cancelled all three playoff games on August 26 after the Milwaukee Bucks -- whose home base is just to the north of Kenosha - boycotted their game in protest at Blake's shooting.

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What you need to know:

  • The NBA said it had postponed its entire slate of Wednesday fixtures after the Bucks refused to play game five of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Orlando Magic.
  • The postponements marked a dramatic escalation in the NBA's fight for racial equality.
  • Rivers contrasted the latest shooting with the fearful rhetoric at this week's Republican Party convention.



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