The news was first reported by ESPN
and comes as athletes of all sports call for justice
in the death of blacks by the police. Both the league and the players ’association have previously announced the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many former and current NBA players post statements, post on social media, or write about the protests that follow Death of George Floyd
in police custody.
posted a picture on Instagram showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words “This … … Is why” and the caption “Do you understand NOW !! ??! Or do you still blurred? #StayWoke. “
wrote in a statement after Floyd’s death that he was “deeply saddened, genuinely painful and obviously furious.”
defended protesters in a strong option for the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have been living in a burning building for years, suffocating with smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you suffocate in it – – until you let the sun out “Then you see it’s everywhere,” the Hall of Fame wrote.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will continue on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to a coronavirus pandemic.