Kenny Smith walks off TNT set in show of support for players


Blake was shot multiple times by police about 40 miles south of Milwaukee.

It was why the decision by both teams Wednesday to boycott the rest of the playoffs - when the rest of the teams participating in the restart voted to continue playing - sent shockwaves through the league while also underscoring the commitment of their team members to pursue the changes they seek, even if it means wiping out a chance at a championship in the process. Bucks guard George Hill remarked, "we're exhausted of the killings and the injustice". Bucks players had conversations with authorities in Wisconsin about repercussions for the police involved in the shooting of Blake.

The Department of Justice has identified the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times as seven-year veteran Rusten Sheskey. Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down, Crump said.

Three games had been postponed Wednesday: the Atlanta Dream vs. the Washington Mystics, the Los Angeles Sparks vs. the Minnesota Lynx, and the Connecticut Sun and the Phoenix Mercury.

Other sports followed, just as they did in March when the season was suspended four months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That meeting came in the wake of the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to remain in their locker room and strike prior to Game 5 against the Orlando Magic.

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The decision came just hours after the National Basketball Association postponed the three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday. Nani was the only Orlando player to kneel for the anthem before the game. The wisdom of proceeding with the playoffs in a protected "bubble" has dogged players since this experiment began, as they anxious that playing would remove the focus from the protests of systemic racism and the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on communities of color.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first to sit out.

"Boycotting the game has come up for them and again, as a way to try to demand a little more action and I think that's really what they want", Nurse said. Then all the scheduled Major Leauge baseball games were canceled. When the league, team owners and players reached an agreement to resume the season in the bubble, some significant commitments to social justice were woven into the plan.

And it should not proceed.

The words "Black Lives Matter" were painted on all three of the courts used at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex to play the games, and players are wearing "Black Lives Matter" warm-up shirts before every game.

Ogwumike said in a statement that the players called on the Kentucky attorney general to arrest the killers of Taylor and the Wisconsin attorney general to investigate the shooting of Blake.