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NBA players weigh-in after Bucks boycott game in wake of Jacob Blake shooting

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There will be no NBA games played on Wednesday. 

In wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, teams around the NBA have selected to boycott their Wednesday games in protest of Blake’s shooting. 

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to send shockwaves through the sports world when they elected to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series vs. the Orlando Magic. The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers, are expected to follow suit

This is truly a historic moment for the NBA and the sports world. 

Here’s a look at the powerful messages NBA players, including LeBron James, delivered shortly after the boycott. 

Warning, some of these tweets include language that is NSFW.

Bucks vice president Alex Lasry also shared his powerful thoughts on the teams' move. 

Blake, a 29-year-old black man, was shot several times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin this weekend. Many have questioned the police’s use of force after Blake, who was allegedly walking away slowly from police officers and attempting to get in the car, was shot seven times in the back while his three children watched from inside the car. 

Blake's attorney, Ben Crump, said Tuesday that his client is paralyzed and it would "take a miracle" for him to walk again.

It's uncertain how long NBA teams will boycott games. One thing is clear: players will not be quiet on this issue until real change is made.

 

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