The National Basketball Association has a higher percentage of African American players than any other sport. And the players of both the NBA and the WNBA has stood out for their activism. This was especially on display on Wednesday when members of the Milwaukee Bucks, in protest, refused to play their game against the Orlando Magic.Following the strike from the Bucks, the NBA cancelled the other two games expected to be played that night. It is unknown when the strike will end. One prominent member of the Trump campaign was unimpressed with the activism. On Thursday, Jared Kushner said that the players are lucky they are rich and can afford to do this.
The First Son-in-Law made the comments to CNBC on Thursday morning, saying, “NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they’re able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially.”
NEW: Jared Kushner on NBA players' boycott following police shooting of Jacob Blake: "NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they're able to take a night off from work without having to have the consequences to themselves financially." @CNBC
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 27, 2020
Lakers superstar aggressively gave his support for the strike on Twitter Wednesday, writing, “F*CK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020
A statement from the Milwaukee Bucks further explained, “Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming pleas for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
The Bucks players also demanded that the officers involved in the Jacob Blake incident be held accountable.
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