President Donald Trump criticized the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday for becoming increasingly engaged in politics.
Trump said he didnt know much about the boycott players announced the day prior before adding, “I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA.”
“Theyve become like a political organization, and thats not a good thing,” he told reporters in Washington.
Three games were scheduled to take place Wednesday night but the Milwaukee Bucks opted not to take the floor for a match with Orlando Magic.
Because of that action, all of the nights games were postponed, the NBA and NBA Players Association said in a joint statement.
Players believe the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday was unjust. They say its part of a pattern of police misconduct against minorities. Blake had an arrest warrant for sexual assault and was captured on video struggling with officers. Investigators announced later Wednesday that he possessed a knife.
Bucks Vice President Alexander Lasry said he was “incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”
Thursdays games will also be postponed, Mike Bass, the NBAs executive vice president said. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday.”
NBA players are in a so-called bubble in Florida in an attempt to prevent transmission of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Since the season resumed last month, most players and personnel have knelt during the National Anthem on courts emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter.” They also don jerseys that have a number of slogans on them related to the police shootings of minorities, including “Justice” and “Say Their Names.”
Trumps remarks followed White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law, describing NBA players as “very fortunate that they hRead More From Source