The news was first reported by ESPN and comes when athletes of all sports are demanding justice for the death of black people by the police. Both the league and the players’ association previously announced the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many former and current NBA players have made statements, posted on social media or written about protests after George Floyd’s death in police custody.
LeBron James posted an image on Instagram with one side showing the agent kneeling on the neck of Floyd and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words “This … … Is Why”
; and the caption ” Do you understand NOW !!?? !! ?? Or is it still blurry ?? #StayWoke. “
Michael Jordan wrote in a statement after Floyd’s death that he was “deeply saddened, truly grieved and clearly angry.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protesters in a powerful editorial for the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have lived in a burning building for many years, stifling smoke as the flames burn ever closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you’re suffocating us – – until you do come in the sun. Then you see it’s everywhere, “wrote the Hall of Famer.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will resume on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11th due to the coronavirus pandemic.