During an NBA season that began with an international political controversy and was interrupted by a global pandemic, one of the most remarkable images of all was an empty court. On Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks were scheduled to play the Orlando Magic in a playoff game, but instead stayed in the locker room, protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Their opponents walked off the court and refused to accept a Bucks forfeit.
The protest quickly spread throughout professional sports, and by the end of Wednesday night players in the WNBA, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer had all gone on strike. On Thursday, NBA players were expected to meet with league owners to discuss what happens next, and initial reports suggested that the playoffs could resume as soon as this weekend—though that likely won’t end the players’ demands for change. ESPN reported that in a players meeting on Wednesday night, LeBron James was among those who were vocal about the owners taking more concrete action in the fight against racism and police brutality. The majority of the league’s players are Black, and among the NBA’s nearly exclusively white billionaire owners, public support of the Black Lives Matter movement has barely registered.
Within hours of Blake’s shooting, some NBA players were already vocal about their desire to take a stand. “We shouldn’t have even come to this damn place to be honest,” the Bucks’ George Hill had said on Monday, referring to the Orlando “bubble” where the league’s restart has played out. “I think coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are.”
On Wednesday night, when the Bucks emerged from the locker room after a few hours, Hill and his teammate Sterling Brown read a team statement. “We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” Hill said. “For this to occur, it’s imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.” In 2018, a police officer tased Brown in Milwaukee over an alleged parking violation.
At the same time, WNBA players built on their own ongoing protests of police brutality. The Washington Mystics appeared on the court, but not to play: They wore T-shirts spelling out Blake’s name with seven fake bullet holes on the back. The five other teams scheduled to play on Wednesday also went on strike.
“We’re not just basketball players, and if you think we are, then don’t watch us,” Mystics guard Ariel Atkins said. “We’re so much more than that, and we’re going to say what we need to say. And people need to hear that. If they don’t support that, I’m fine with that.”
After the Bucks and Magic didn’t play, the four other NBA teams scheduled to play in two subsequent games pulled out. Three MLB games and five MLS matches were then cancelled after players echoed the protests. Tennis player Naomi Osaka said she won’t play in her Western & Southern Open semifinal, scheduled for Thursday.
“Before I am [an] athlete, I am a black woman,” Osaka wrote on Twitter. “And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”
“If I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport,” she added, “I consider that a step in the right direction.”
Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married
Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith. The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.
Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.
Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage. When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.
Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.
Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.
“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.
Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.
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