Remember when many people boycotted the NFL when players started taking a knee, well I guess that hasn’t discouraged the NBA from allowing even more political statements being made during game time.
From NBA News
One of the central arguments against restarting the NBA season was the momentum social justice reform had gained in the United States. Playing basketball would theoretically provide a distraction for a nation whose focus should be on combatting both systemic racism and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a number of players were reportedly uneasy about being part of such a distraction. Were the NBA to resume play under the circumstances, it would have to use its platform in the name of social change in order to satisfy those players. Fortunately, the NBA has taken significant steps in that arena.
On Saturday, it was reported that players will be able to include social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys at Disney. That decision, while powerful, puts the onus on players. The league itself needed to send a message of solidarity, and is doing so with its latest decision. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne, the league plans to paint “Black Lives Matter” on both sidelines on all three of the courts they will be using at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
In this highly polarized time in America, most people are looking for an outlet. Watching sports could be an opportunity to bring people together and unite us in our love of sports. But the NBA and their players have just robbed us of that opportunity.
It’s shameful that we can’t even just watch sports together and enjoy the game. Now, even that will be tainted with unpleasant differences of opinion. Driving the divide in America even deeper.