The NBA got this wild idea that it would be a good idea to boycott. After all, a rapist and long-time criminal is worth boycotting over, right? The cops could have been killed, but instead, they used their training to shoot Jacob Blake before he could reach for whatever weapon was inside the car.
The basketball players don’t see it like that. They see police brutality. So, instead of organizing a charity game or doing something constructive, they refused to take the court. They ignored the plea of fans to not make it political.
That was their first mistake. Their second mistake was reaching out to the wrong president.
It seems the NBA has forgotten that it’s President Donald Trump that calls the shots in America, not Barrack Obama.
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Chris Paul and LeBron James decided to reach out to Barrack Obama for some counsel. Obama has been known to counsel some players from time to time when it comes to their social justice causes.
They did not get the answer they wanted to hear. Even Obama doesn’t think it’s a good idea for them to boycott. After all, turning a criminal into a hero isn’t what the country needs right now.
Too many people want to forget that if Jacob Blake had listened to the cops and simply been arrested, he would not have been shot at. Now, Blake is paralyzed because he didn’t listen. It’s not about police brutality.
It’s about listening to the cops once you’ve gotten into trouble. Considering Blake had a felony warrant out for his arrest, he should have known that he was in trouble from the beginning.
So, the NBA learned something of value. The boycott would be hurting a bunch of the younger players if the boycott lasted too long. The wealthier players wouldn’t be bothered. However, they were all boycotting under the assumption that they would still be paid. They were delusional enough to think that fans would support them supporting a criminal.
The boycott lasted a single day. It’s one of the shortest boycotts ever, and it only shows that the NBA players are acting in a childish way. They wanted to have their voices heard. The only ones who heard them were their fans.
Now, the NBA players have to learn that they can’t disappoint fans like that. The fans are what makes the basketball game worth playing. The fans are the ones paying for the tickets to the games. If the NBA players want to see a real difference with police brutality, they could certainly take it up with those on Capitol Hill.
As for why Obama was even dragged into the ordeal, one of his spokespeople explains why he was on the conference call with the players. “As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials. When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday night to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting.”
What the NBA did wasn’t brave, though. And it wasn’t inspiring. Jacob Blake was shot not because of police brutality but because of his resolute desire to ignore authority. And by the NBA looking to boycott the games that they play to show support for Blake is like spitting in the face of every cop around the country.
The players made a statement to say, “The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.”
Yes, there are racial injustices that happen around the country. No, Blake was not one of them. The cops have shot white criminals, too. As for the NBA players using their voices to speak out, no one wants to hear it. As such, the league will be back on the court by