I’m not that surprised by the Milwaukee Bucks’ boycott of their NBA game on Thursday, Aug. 27, against the Orlando Magic. They were simply protesting the recent shooting by a White policeman of Black Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A political act, period.
Blake survived seven gunshots, the brutal assault reopening wounds of that grotesque killing of George Floyd, another Black, who died when a White cop planted his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death in late May sparked massive rallies that led to rioting and looting in many of America’s major cities.
The Milwaukee team’s walkout forced officials to cancel the other two games scheduled that day, putting the ongoing first-round playoffs suddenly in limbo.
As I write this, everything is up in the air.
As I write this, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver remains unheard of.
And, as I write this, Mike Pence, the vice president of America, has said nothing about his chief of staff, Marc Short, calling the NBA protest “absurd and silly.”
And didn’t President Donald Trump call the NBA as becoming a “political organization?”
Again, no surprise to the actuations of both Pence and Trump. And, Short’s too as he is entitled to his own opinion anytime. Isn’t America still the bastion of free speech?
The truth is, everything in this world is political, including sports. Include the Buck boycott, please.
Numerous are global incidents that politicized sports. Among them are the 1972 Munich Massacre Olympics, the late Muhammad Ali getting stripped of his world heavyweight crown for dodging the military draft for the Vietnam War, and the US-led boycott by several countries of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which included the Philippines.
The NBA players asking, if not demanding, action from Wisconsin officials to act swiftly in bringing justice to Blake’s plight is a political move that merely replicates similar acts too many already that I’ve lost count because man, by nature, is simply a political animal.
Dispute that and I find no use debating with you.