The NBA has not seen any action on the court over the past three days following a league-wide boycott to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.
All of this comes following the shooting of an African-American man by the name of Jacob Blake this past Sunday in Wisconsin. It also comes at a time of major political division in the United States mere months from the 2020 Presidential Election.
On Friday, the NBA announced that the playoffs will resume Saturday at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The announcement, in tandem with the Players’ Association, also made it clear that the Association isn’t going to sit idly by.
NBA announces resumption of the season, will help get out the vote efforts
In a press release Friday afternoon, the NBA indicated that its playoffs will return on Saturday. The league also provided the following information.
- Establishment of a social justice coalition consisting of players, coaches and governors. Said coalition will focus on greater access to voting, promoting civic engagement and meaningful social justice reform.
- The NBA will also house polling stations and ballot drop off locations at arenas throughout the United States to help get out the vote efforts.
Here is the full announcement.
In no way should any of this come as a surprise. Some of the NBA’s biggest names have spoken out against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.
In fact, LeBron James and his Lakers joined the Clippers in nearly boycotting the remainder of the playoffs. King James has been among the most outspoken since the incident in Wisconsin this past weekend.
The NBA as a whole has continued to make this a major part of its platform since the season resumed late last month following a five-plus month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular, using arenas as voting stations could be huge this coming fall given the issues with in-person voting amid the pandemic.
NBA players have noted that they want meaningful change. This is obviously one of the first steps in that process.