Titans cancel practice day after National Basketball Association postpones games to protest racial injustice

Angie Martinez & Paddy Duke

Angie Martinez & Paddy Duke

It was the Raptors and Celtics who had been most vocal about the idea of not playing, but the Milwaukee Bucks acted first when they opted to remain in their locker room instead of playing their Game 5 against Orlando on Wednesday.

Even further across the sports world, into the Major League Baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds postponed their Wednesday night game to offer their stance.

"We're just trying to figure out what we can do to not only bring light to the situation of what happened and how it's wrong with police brutality", said safety Duron Harmon, "but how can we as a team create change".

Since the National Basketball Association restarted its COVID-19 hit season in a bubble-like campus at Disney World in Florida, courts have the words "Black Lives Matter" painted on them and many players are wearing jerseys with social justice slogans. On TNT, former basketball star and commentator Kenny Smith walked off the set of "Inside the NBA" in solidarity with protesters. The argument was that it put the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers - who were scheduled to play Wednesday- in a hard situation as the fate of the day's slate of games hung in the balance, sources said. The two other playoff games for that day were also postponed, as were the three games set for Thursday. "Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled". Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader said, "I think it's a tremendous stand".

There are several things across the world that are more important than sports now.

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Camera IconUsain Bolt at his 34th birthday celebrations. "No-one is being treated with any exemption or any special treatment. All Jamaicans have a duty", he said . "However, we do not discriminate depending on the person, the rules apply to everyone".

After the initial strike it was unclear if or when the season would resume as emotions ran high after police in Kenosha, Wis. shot Blake, a black man, in the back seven times in front of his three children while responding to a call that he had taken a woman's keys and refused to return them. Blake is paralyzed and is being treated for his injuries. Other sports quickly followed until the worldwide sporting landscape had nearly completely come to a halt. He was reportedly breaking up a fight when he was approached by law enforcement. The Detroit Lions were the first National Football League team to cancel a practice since the shooting of Jacob Blake on Tuesday. "I've seen people try to highlight his alleged charge sheet but how could you justify shooting a human being in the manner that Jacob Blake was shot?" questioned Lewis. Criticizing the GOP for stoking fear, Rivers said, "We're the ones getting killed".

"As long as they want to have a discussion about Rule 50 and not one about Brundage, who was a fascist and racist, and that Rule 50 was established to suppress protest of social injustice, as long as we're prepared to rationalize that away, as long as Matthews' and Collett's life ban remains in place and is not rescinded, as long as powerful voices in sport and the Olympic Movement remain silent and complicit, it will continue". "We still have to do our part in the community".

"We've been hung, we've been shot. It's a con job the Democrats have played on them for 60 years".

The Bucks made a decision to boycott their playoff game. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to announce the news on his Twitter account.

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