Players from Boston and Miami knelt during the national anthem, just before their NBA game on Wednesday, in reaction to the violent protest by supporters of Donald Trump in Washington, who halted the certification of presidential results.
The meeting started a little late in Florida, after members of the two teams discussed for 45 minutes on what to do after the chaotic events that occurred earlier in the federal capital.
“2021 is a new year, but some things haven’t changed. We play tonight’s game with a heavy heart after yesterday’s decision in Kenosha, and knowing that protesters in our country’s capital are being treated differently by political leaders depending on which side they are on certain issues ” , said the two clubs in a joint statement.
On Tuesday, officers involved in the shooting that seriously injured African American Jacob Blake in August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were exempted from prosecution.
“The drastic difference between the way the protesters were treated in the spring and last summer and the encouragement given to protesters today, who have acted illegally, shows how much work we still have to do,” they insisted.
And to conclude: “We decided to play tonight’s game to try to bring joy to people’s lives. But we must not forget the injustices in our society, and we will continue to make our voices heard to highlight these issues and do all we can to work for a more just and just America ”.
Since the season began on December 22, there has been no kneeling during the American Anthem on the NBA floors, unlike what had happened before every game of the end of last season played in the Disney World bubble, where the entire NBA – players, coaches, staffs, referees, officials – had thus decided to support Black Lives Matter.
At the end of August, after police gunfire seriously injured Jacob Blake, the Milwaukee Bucks even boycotted one of their game against Orlando. An unprecedented movement driven by other baseball and football teams as well as by Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka.