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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)
Mike Ehrmann/Associated Press

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.    

          

Los Angeles Lakers G/F LeBron James

LeBron James @KingJames

FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT

Ex-Miami Heat SG Dwyane Wade

DWade @DwyaneWade

Proud of our players! @Nba

Las Vegas Aces PF A'ja Wilson

A'ja Wilson @_ajawilson22

Gotta demand it 💪🏽

Phoenix Mercury G Skylar Diggins-Smith

Skylar Diggins-Smith @SkyDigg4

Don’t even feel right talking about basketball. It is my job...but as a human being and black woman, it seems like I need to be doing more.

Washington Mystics

Blake DuDonis @BlakeDuDonis

Shirts spell out Jacob Blake and have 7 bullet holes in the back. Wow. #Blacklivesmatter https://t.co/0Yi2b6tOgS

Los Angeles Lakers CEO/Governor Jeanie Buss

Jeanie Buss @JeanieBuss

I was excited to see us play - and hopefully close out our series - tonight. But I stand behind our players, today and always. After more than 400 years of cruelty, racism and injustice, we all need to work together to say enough is enough. #JusticeForJacobBlake #WeHearYou

2-Time Tennis Grand Slam Winner Naomi Osaka

NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka

https://t.co/miKzgSdGxY

NBA on TNT Analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith

NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT

.@TheJetOnTNT stands with the NBA players. https://t.co/39Sby1D5kn

Ex-Chicago Bulls F and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

.@Bucks power. Black power. Nothing but respect for Milwaukee’s players and coaches. #BlackLivesMatter

Utah Jazz G Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell

WE DEMAND CHANGE! SALUTE @Bucks ✊🏾🙏🏾🗣

Cleveland Cavaliers F/C Kevin Love

Kevin Love @kevinlove

🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/Lcil68BRpE

   

Kevin Love @kevinlove

We have the strongest, most unified league in the world!!! #change

   

Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant

Ja Morant @JaMorant

respect ✊🏽

Ja Morant @JaMorant

this shit gotta stop ‼️

Atlanta Hawks PG Trae Young

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

Proud to be apart of this League... even more today ! WE WANT CHANGE🖤🖤

Minnesota Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns

Shoot Hoops, Not People. https://t.co/loHk0XJsvo

Denver Nuggets PG Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray @BeMore27

WE DEMAND JUSTICE!!!

Miami Heat C Bam Adebayo

13am Adebayo💥 @Bam1of1

SALUTE ✊🏾 @Bucks

San Antonio Spurs G/F DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan @DeMar_DeRozan

Respect @bucks!!!!

Memphis Grizzlies F/C Jaren Jackson Jr.

JJJ @jarenjacksonjr

Powerful Statement ✊🏾🙏🏾 @Bucks

Boston Celtics C Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter @EnesKanter

✊🏽

Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers

LA Clippers @LAClippers

.@DocRivers from the heart. https://t.co/Qp7St7kZ1k

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks

Full statement from the Milwaukee Bucks: https://t.co/jjGEyVcCmB

Milwaukee Bucks PG George Hill

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears

Bucks guard George Hill says to @TheUndefeated his team is not playing against Orlando tonight in light of shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc. “We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Hill to @TheUndefeated.

Milwaukee Bucks Governors Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan

Howard Beck @HowardBeck

Kudos, @Bucks owners. https://t.co/TYFrmSBYA8

Milwaukee Bucks SVP Alex Lasry

Alex Lasry @AlexanderLasry

Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets @nuggets

#JusticeForJacobBlake #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/JrXJEvtsbK

Houston Rockets F Robert Covington

Robert Covington @Holla_At_Rob33

We Demand Change. We so sick of this!!!

Ex-Los Angeles Lakers F/C Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol @paugasol

Proud of my brothers✊🏻 @Bucks @NBA #NecessaryGoodTrouble #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/sYOos4prW8

Houston Texans WR Kenny Stills

Kenny Stills @KSTiLLS

Where demands can start for systemic change: Divesting from the police and investing into our communities + non police solutions. https://t.co/9YgvAcjaHu

Kenny Stills @KSTiLLS

Reparations for slavery and mass incarceration. https://t.co/SKRmyc5ucs

Kenny Stills @KSTiLLS

Stop police unions from undermining justice. https://t.co/4MvSLHtBk0

Joey Burrow @JoeyB

How can you hear the pain Black people are going through and dismiss it as nothing. How can you hear the pain and respond with anything other than “I stand with you.”

Joey Burrow @JoeyB

How can you hear the pain Black people are going through and dismiss it as nothing. How can you hear the pain and respond with anything other than “I stand with you.”

Joey Burrow @JoeyB

How can you hear the pain Black people are going through and dismiss it as nothing. How can you hear the pain and respond with anything other than “I stand with you.”

  

   

Seattle Seahawks S Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams @Prez

Respect to the NBA players for sacrificing their passion & livelihood to demonstrate our anger and frustration! This can't keep going on.

US Soccer Men's National Team/Newcastle United D DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin @yedlinny

People in the timeline talking bout does this count as the bucks forfeiting the game.... WHO TF CARES! THIS SH*T BIGGER THAN A SPORT!!!

USMNT/Toronto FC F Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore @JozyAltidore

@MLS what are you going to do?

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings

A historic statement for justice. Respect, @bucks. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/cTZSoQIvy6

Washington Wizards PG John Wall

John Wall @JohnWall

💯💯‼️ #TOGETHERWESTAND https://t.co/OAa1cekIDR

   

Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu @Mathieu_Era

FED UP. Ain’t enough money in world to keep overlooking true issues that effect the mind body & soul of what we do. We cannot be happy for self when our communities are suffering & innocent folk are dying.. since George Floyd, there have been at least 20 other police shootings. https://t.co/UmzuuWP7us

NFL S Eric Reid

Eric Reid @E_Reid35

NBA players, please build on this moment! Avoid being co-opted! The people have worked too hard & risked too much for corporate PR from their role models 2 set them back. We don’t want or need “ride alongs”, we need change. @NBA I hope you’ve learned from the @NFL atrocities

New England Patriots DB Jason and Devin McCourty

Devin&Jason McCourty @McCourtyTwins

Respect to the guys in the Bucks locker room. Taking a stand for what they believe in and for justice! https://t.co/mLKURgaqiO

Joey Burrow @JoeyB

How can you hear the pain Black people are going through and dismiss it as nothing. How can you hear the pain and respond with anything other than “I stand with you.”

Detroit Pistons F/C John Henson

John Henson @Johnhenson31

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽LOVE IT @Bucks

Milwaukee Brewers LHP Josh Hader

Tom @Haudricourt

Josh Hader on Bucks boycott: "I think it's a tremendous stand. This is more about sports." Says can't say yes or no on #Brewers boycott. "I'm sure it's something we are going to discuss."

WWE Legend The Rock

Dwayne Johnson @TheRock

Out of respect for Jacob Blake & his family we’ll postpone our @projectrock @underarmour PR3 launch today. I’ll keep you posted on our relaunch date. Unbelievable we’re here again. Shot 7xs. In the back. In front of his kids. There’s no progress without humanity.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow

Joey Burrow @JoeyB

How can you hear the pain Black people are going through and dismiss it as nothing. How can you hear the pain and respond with anything other than “I stand with you.”

New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore

The Gilly Lock @BumpNrunGilm0re

I do not have the words to meet the depths of my frustration & sadness. But, I do know that the senseless killings & shootings of Black Americans by the police and vigilantes has to stop. These are human rights violations. My children deserve better. We all deserve better.

New Orleans Saints CB Janoris Jenkins

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

As the #Saints go through practice right now, CB Janoris Jenkins shows on IG their helmet with “JACOB BLAKE” across the front. https://t.co/DTypWk1Tdv

NFL/NFLPA Joint Statement:  

NFL345 @NFL345

Joint @NFL and @NFLPA Statement: https://t.co/JHUHaTIkkQ https://t.co/DQS77Xka4l

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

Statement from the Baltimore Ravens: https://t.co/Q8kOzQ8qAZ

Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace @BubbaWallace

We will continue to stand for the countless victims of police brutality. Nothing can justify #JacobBlake being shot 7 times in the back. I proudly support my brothers and sisters from all sports backgrounds and the stance they are taking to fight for equality.

Bubba Wallace @BubbaWallace

I can assure all of you that myself and many of my competitors are continuing to work hard with @NASCAR to continue the efforts and the fight for racial equality. Let’s stand or kneel TOGETHER and continue push for what’s right. Love. Compassion. Understanding #BW🤘🏾

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.

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