The news was first reported by ESPN
and comes as an athlete in all sports seeking justice in the deaths of blacks by the police. Both the league and the players’ union have previously announced the goal of collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many former and current NBA players have made statements, posted on social media or written about the protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
LeBron James posted a picture on Instagram with one side showing the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words “This … … That’s why” and the caption “Understand NOW !!?? !! ?? Or is it still cloudy for you? #StayWoke. “
wrote in a statement after Floyd’s death that he was “very sad, really painful and very angry.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protesters in a powerful program for The Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, drowning in smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you are drowning – until you leave the sun. Then you see everywhere, “wrote Hall of Famer.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will continue on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to a corona pandemic.