When the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoffs matchup with the Orlando Magic during the NBA’s restart in Orlando, Florida, the teams held a meeting that very evening to discuss what to do moving forward.
The boycott was the result of the social injustice that took place earlier that day when Kenosha, Wisconsin resident Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times.
There were three major points that came from that meeting:
- The NBA was to establish an NBA Social Justice Coalition Board.
- In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID.
- The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.
Read more about the commitments here.
On Monday, November 9, the NBA Social Justice Coalition Board members have officially been announced and on it a familiar name in Rip City: Carmelo Anthony.
According to the NBA, this board will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
The 17-year veteran and 12x All-Star has not gone quiet during this difficult time for so many.
On his latest ‘What’s In Your Glass’ YouTube livestream, Melo was joined by WNBA star Candace Parker to talk more about how both the NBA and WNBA were pivotal in using their platforms to speak out on social injustice.
“We did what we did - and you may have noticed or not - within our own meetings, one of the topic of discussions was ‘How do we take care of the WNBA’ like ‘How do we support the WNBA. How do we let them know that their voices are heard and we stand in a solidarity right with them. We going to war with them,’” said Anthony.
Now, he will be joined with Avery Bradley (Los Angeles Lakers) and Sterling Brown (Milwaukee) on the NBA Social Justice Coalition Board.