Multiple San Antonio Spurs expressed themselves on social media to support the decision of other NBA teams to sit out of their playoff games Wednesday.
In a historic day for the country, NBA players proved that they’re serious about using their platform to enact social change on Wednesday. Starting with the Milwaukee Bucks deciding not to play their scheduled Game 5, the rest of the day’s slated games were postponed as players stood in solidarity. Several San Antonio Spurs from the past and present joined the conversation on social media.
If you have a problem with players choosing social change over sports, that’s a problem. The sooner ppl understand that the sport of basketball is insignificant in comparison to these events taking place in our country. The sooner you’ll understand what players are thinking. https://t.co/2adMzereel
— Antonio Daniels (@adaniels33) August 26, 2020
This shit bigger than basketball! Whoever don’t understand that is part of the problem.
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) August 26, 2020
Former San Antonio Spurs point guard and current Milwaukee Buck George Hill simply and succinctly summarized the feelings of many NBA players, and the black community as a whole, when he said: “We’re tired of all the killings and the injustice.”
The boycotts, strikes, whatever you want to call them, are in response to yet another shooting of a black man at the hands of a police department. This time it was Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who was shot in the back seven times by officers from the Kenosha Police Department as he attempted to enter his car. His three sons, who were in the car at the time, witnessed their father shot seven times, in the back, by police. Blake remains in a Milwaukee hospital and is believed to be paralyzed as a result of the shooting.
This is a rapidly developing situation. NBA players inside the bubble are meeting later tonight to discuss the next steps and there is some speculation that the season may be over. We will continue to update this story as we know more.
Across the landscape of sports, you can see numerous other prominent figures lending their support to what NBA players have done. The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds have decided not to play in their scheduled game tonight and several NFL players have added their voices to the NBA’s. The WNBA, the league that has been consistently the most vocal on social justice issues, has also announced that no games will be played tonight.
This feels like the start of something much, much bigger. It’s far past time for change and players of the league we all love seem determined to make sure that their voices are heard. We will continue to update this story as we know more.