LA Lakers and LA Clippers players voted not to continue the rest of their NBA season in protest at the police shooting of Jacob Blake. This ended a day on which other teams in the league also decided not to play games on Wednesday evening (August) 26). Other athletes have since followed. It is described by professional athletes as the greatest social justice gesture ever made.
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CBS Sports reported a tweet from The Athletic's Shams Charnia that the players held a meeting on the matter Wednesday night. Full details of what happened during the meeting are not known, but it was reported that Lakers striker LeBron James was leaving the meeting. However, the other NBA teams voted to keep playing.
Earlier Wednesday, the NBA had postponed all games 5 of the NBA playoffs after several teams decided to boycott the game after the Blake shoot on Sunday (August 23) in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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About an hour after NBA players decided not to play, the WNBA players also decided, in solidarity, that they weren't going to play that well. They were joined by the Milwaukee Brewers, who had decided against the Cincinnati Reds, and tennis champion Naomi Osaka, who announced that she will not play in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday (August 27). .
The NBA is expected to hold a Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning. It's unclear what will be discussed or how Wednesday's events will affect the rest of the NBA season.