iOne Digital stands in solidarity with the professional athletes using their voices to speak out against injustice. #BlackLivesMatter
Earlier this afternoon the Milwaukee Bucks took a stand to not play in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake is a black man from their state who was senselessly shot by police 7 times in his back. The Bucks deciding not to play is just the start, as of now all the NBA games for today have been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
From media outlets inside the bubble, it’s noted that this just isn’t the Bucks, all NBA players and teams are on board and in favor of the decisions. The bold move has now spread beyond the NBA as now Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers will not be playing tonight either.
In addition, Kenny Smith from TNT’s hit show “Inside The NBA” decided to walk off the set while on the air in solidarity with the players. In his exact words “it just doesn’t feel right to be sitting here” which is understandable.
Prior to exiting the show, Smith gathered his thoughts and expressed how he was feeling about the players courageous decision to boycott:
“This is tough. I mean right now my head is ready to explode,” Smith said. “Like just in the thoughts of what’s going on. I don’t even know if I am even appropriate enough to say it, what the players are feeling and how they are feeling. I haven’t talked to any of the players. Coming in and even driving here, getting into the studio, hearing calls and people talking …”And for me, I think the biggest thing now as a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight.”
The former NBA player unplugged his mic and walked off set, leaving his co-hosts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal in shock. It was a powerful move and we support the NBA’s decision for standing in solidarity with Jacob Blake and the thousands of victims who have fallen at the hands of police brutality.