LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, More Athletes Speak on Jacob Blake Shooting

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 26, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, second from left, wears a Black Lives Matter shirt and kneels with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)
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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other current and former athletes spoke out against the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last Sunday and supported the Milwaukee Bucks' decision not to play Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic in protest.

The Bucks' strike comes amid ongoing protests against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd in May. 

The police shooting of Blake has also flared ongoing protests in Kenosha, located 40 miles from Milwaukee.

Other NBA teams followed the Bucks, with the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers games also postponed Wednesday.    

          

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According to data from Mapping Police Violence, Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people in the United States. 

In addition, 28 percent of people killed by police since 2013 are Black, although they only comprise 13 percent of the population.