By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News
(NEW YORK) — NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs, though there won’t be games on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Games could resume as early as Friday, sources told Wojnarowski.
“We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” the league said in a statement. A video call among stakeholders — players, team governors, union representatives, league representatives and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan — is scheduled for later on Thursday.
The Milwaukee Bucks decided on Wednesday to not take the court for Game 5 of their series in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this week.
Their decision had a ripple effect on the sports world — other NBA teams, WNBA teams, MLS teams, MLB teams and other athletes joined the work stoppage to take a stand against systemic racism and police brutality.
Blake was shot seven times in the back by police after leaning into his car and is paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family. The shooting has sparked protests, some of which have turned violent, in Kenosha over the last three nights. Two people were killed in shootings during protests on Tuesday.
The WNBA also postponed three games on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the NHL will not play any playoffs games Thursday in solidarity with other athletes protesting the racial injustice, sources told ESPN.
Also on Thursday, several NFL teams announced they were canceling practices to meet and discuss issues of racial justice. Among those teams are the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and the Washington, D.C., football team.
On Wednesday evening, U.S. tennis officials announced a pause in play at the Western & Southern Open to take a stance against “racial inequality and social injustice.”
“As a sport, tennis is collectively taking a stance against racial inequality and social injustice that once again has been thrust to the forefront in the United States,” tennis’ governing bodies said in a statement. “The USTA, ATP Tour, and WTA have decided to recognize this moment in time by pausing tournament play at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, August 27. Play will resume on Friday, August 28.”
The announcement came after biracial tennis star Naomi Osaka posted on Instagram that she was not playing in her scheduled semifinal match at the 2020 Western & Southern Open.
“And as a Black woman,” Osaka wrote, “I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”
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