2020 has been a hell of a year. Coronavirus has ravaged the world, and the United States in particular. But so has the stain of systemic racism.
Following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks have made the decision to boycott today’s playoff game with the Orlando Magic. Orlando has since left the floor as well.
Many have said professional sports have not done enough to stand up to racism. Yet plenty of others have told them to “shut up and dribble”.
After learning yesterday the Toronto Raptors have held conversations about boycotting Game 1 with the Boston Celtics on Thursday, the two teams have come together to talk about a course of action, including a boycott. It seems that the Bucks and Magic were listening, and now sports fans will be “deprived” of watching their teams play while their players, whether hated or beloved, stand for what is right.
The NBA has led the way throughout this year when it comes to leadership, and I’m not surprised that they’re the ones to demand change in away that will affect television contracts and the general mood of the sports loving public.
Only time will tell us what sort of impact a move like this will have. But I’m proud to see players like Fred VanVleet and Jaylen Brown speak out. I’m proud to see the Bucks and Magic say this is not acceptable. And I’m glad someone like Adam Silver will find a way to have a conversation with the players in his league about how to move forward.
We cannot sit back and expect things to change without shaking up the norm. Nothing will ever change that way. Look, I want to watch basketball, too. I love the Celtics, and I’m ready for banner number 18.
But some things are bigger than sports. And in this moment? Ball needs to take a back seat.
- / 1 year ago
To me, Rachel Nichols is the personification of posting a black square on Instagram.